The holidays are upon us, and for me it’s always a reminder of the importance of family traditions & gatherings. No matter where I wish I was the rest of the year, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than surrounded by family & friends during this season. I am thankful that I am in close proximity so I can enjoy the numerous get-togethers & celebrations that have become family traditions. This year was bittersweet as it marked one year since I lost my Nannie, who I miss so very much. Even more so this time of year knowing her smile & hugs won’t be received, her slow southern draw won’t be heard, no Christmas cards signed “love Nannie”.
Also, this time last year my other grandmother, Mamalou underwent major brain surgery the day after her 93rd birthday. Today, she celebrates 94 years, marking the one year anniversary of that surgery. It’s been a long road of recovery, day by day, hour by hour. To think that last year on this very day, about 25 of us were cramped up in her tiny hospital room singing happy birthday & sharing cake with the night nurses. All hoping and praying that God lead the Doctor’s hands the following day. I was a complete basket case the day of the surgery, pleading with God to give us another Christmas with her.
This Thanksgiving we have so very much to be thankful for, most importantly the people we have by our side. We celebrated Mamalou’s 94th birthday and I made sure to capture these personal moments, freezing them in time so I can always look back and be thankful.
Happy Birthday sweet Mamalou! Cheers to 94 years & being the most incredible role model and family matriarch we could ever ask for. XOXO