I’m writing you this letter because it’s how I’ve come to express myself best. (Well, I also yell pretty good, like all Eolins do, but that seems inappropriate to say the least.) I wanted to thank you for all the contributions you’ve made in my life, but then realized that would literally take days. So instead, I’ve compiled a quick “Top Ten List” of my favorite memories of you. I hope you like them as much as I do.
#10 – You got me addicted to Olay lotions at the age of 8. Drugstores across the land thank you for this as well since they will be the only companies to make it through the recession unscathed. (Oh and also my hairdresser will do pretty well – nothing interferes with Hair-Do Day!)
#9 – You’re one of the best cooks I know. You’re so good that even our dog, Maggie, knew as soon as we turned onto
#8 – Only you knew every butcher’s name in town and would tell them when you weren’t happy with their work. (I used to be VERY CONCERNED for your safety as a child since they made a living CUTTING things and often had blood on their aprons from a fresh slaughter.) When I asked you, “Grandma, why did you tell him that?” you said, “Because he needed to know, that’s why!” (Which, by the way, I came to learn over the years is a phrase that should be on the Eolin Family Crest.)
#7 – You taught me to speak my mind, no matter the issue. Because, as Eolins, we’re usually right. (But I still wouldn’t tell a butcher off. But that’s just me…)
#6 – You always wore a piece of jewelry like a necklace or a pin in addition to your rings. This just added to your graceful demeanor, and to this day, every time I put on a piece of jewelry, I hope that I carry it off as gracefully and beautifully as you.
#5 – I never understood your charity work for the Red Cross as a kid. I really thought a blood bank ran like a “money bank” did (I wasn’t the brightest). So years later when I figured it out, (I eventually catch on!) I never got to tell you how proud I was of you for doing all the volunteer work you did. What an enormous and self-less gift.
#4 – You and Grandpa taught me how to play cards. And every time I see a deck of cards I think of you and how you would give me the stink eye when I “put you in the bucket” score wise. Or when I would steal your bid. Or take your ace. Come to think of it, you spent the most of our card games giving me the stink eye. And guess what, I loved every minute of it!
#3 – One time when I was 6-years-old or so, I was staying with you and Grandpa. You asked me what I wanted for dinner and I said, “A Happy Meal!” So you got in the car and drove me to McDonald’s to get a Happy Meal. Then when we got back to your house, you let me watch The Brady Bunch in the den for dinner. This is still one of my top memories from my entire life. You made me feel very important and loved, simply by letting me do something a little out of the norm.
#2 – I love that you took time to make clothes for me growing up. Some of my favorite pictures are of Sara and I in clothes that you made us. I vividly remember Sara and I wearing our matching pink dresses and going to the
#1 – You always had a hug and a kiss for me. You always had a laugh and one of the warmest smiles I’ve ever encountered. Your eyes always sparkled. You always had wisdom and knowledge to bestow. You always had an answer for everything. You were strong and were always around to help and support where you could. You always made me feel loved, even when we were miles away. You brought light into every room you entered. You grew the most beautiful flower garden and the healthiest vegetable garden. In short… you made me want to be a wonderful person who has a positive effect on those around me. And for that, I can never thank you enough.
I love you with all my heart, Grandma. You betcha I will.