Sunday, October 24, 2010

Day 24: Happy Birthday Mom Mom

My Mom Mom was born on this day back in 1921.  She passed away in 2004 after a long battle with Alzheimer's, but had she lived, she would have been 89 today.

She was the strong-type grandmother that you thought would live forever.  She worked her whole life, as a beautician in her early years then owning and running a grocery store/butcher shop with my grandfather until they retired.  She had three boys - my father and my two uncles, and loved to host large family gathering for which she prepared the most amazing home-cooked meals.  She was the classic Jewish grandmother, doting on you when you were sick, making the most perfect chicken-matzoh-ball soup that could banish any illness that may have plagued you.  She spoke in Yiddish in moments of greatest import, to express anger or to bestow affection.  I still hear the occasional word in random places, which makes me pause to remember how it sounded coming from her.

She never met Samantha.  I think about this sad fact often.  I know precisely how she would have loved her and doted on her, as she did me and my cousins.  Samantha is the first (and only, still at this point) great-grandchild, and I remember Mom Mom saying often how much she wanted one.  I am sad that she never had that chance, especially given how much Samantha looks like her.  I see it every day.

So happy birthday, Mom Mom.  I like to think that you can see this beautiful girl I brought into the world and that you can occasionally let her know that you are there with her, so she can have the good fortune to know you, too.


miradoro1 said...

So neat of you to remember Mom Mom with this post. I was thinking of her today, too. She would have loved and doted on Samantha.

Lacey said...

I think it is so cute that you call her mom mom! I so miss my grandma, more than I ever thought I would. I know she would have loved Jax, and all my boys.

Sheva said...

What a beautiful post. Im sure she has such nachas from your words and how you are raising your daughter.