2. She taught me how to read. She gave me my foundation and a love of learning. I too sat with grandma at the table and was taught my first education. I loved her creative ways of teaching. I remember every year she would give us catipillar butterflys to help grow and cacoon and release outside. She paid me money for all the A's I got. I remember sitting in her chair wanting to go watch tv and play. She would give me the option to either read, or go pick rotten apricots off the grass or run around the block. I think forever will be embedded in my brain and and my sister's and my cousins brains will be sitting at the table with Grandma and her Tab.
3. She taught Shae to read. That in itself is priceless. The fact that my 82 year old grandmother has spent the last 2 years with my daughter and teaching her reading, writing, math, patterns, colors, and on and on. I wish that I would have had that kind of interaction with my Great Grandmother. I hope that Shaeler never forgets her time with Great Grandma Reader. She has given Shae a priceless gift - an education.
4. She was a wonderful grandmother to me! I remember spending many nights and days at my grandparents house. I loved it! I loved being able to spend time with my cousins and playing. I loved sleep overs and eating popcorn watching the planes fly by. I remember spending a lot of time at my grandmothers house before I started school. I remember having to model new clothes they bought for me while my grandpa sang "A Pretty Girl." This is probably why I am so comfortable leaving Shae at her grandparents houses so much. It is time that she will never get back as she gets older and busier.
5. She tells it like it is. Grandma is at an age that she holds nothing back. She says whatever is on her mind. I cannot even begin to tell you the countless stories of funny things she has said to me or to other people. I cannot wait to get to be that age. Basically, you can get away it and no one gets mad. They just blame it on your age. My favorite one will be when we were at Sizzler and she wanted a coke with ice and the cashier told her they only sold Pepsi products. To which she replies to the young girl, "Man that Pepsi company has you guys by the balls." haha! The look of shock on this girls face was awesome!! I just sat back and laughed and loved her even more.
6. She has taught me patience and love. There were many times at Shaeler's lessons that I would become frustrated and have to get up and walk away. Shae would be having a bad day and throwing a little attitude or lack of ambition and that drives me INSANE! Grandma would slowly work Shae out of her shell and get her to complete the task at hand. She would then lovingly remind me of Shaeler's age and that she needs to be loved into things that she does not want to do. That little piece of advice is so deep, it blows my mind.
7. She is not a woman of change! This makes me chuckle quite a bit. My grandmother's house is EXACTLY the same way it was when I was a child. The same carpet, the same couches, the same pictures on the fire place. The chair that Shaeler is sitting in above and below, is the SAME chair I sat in at the SAME table I was taught to read. CRAZY! Notice the duck tape keeping it together! Nice and I love it!
8. She is one of my Hero's! I love my grandmother and she is my hero. She has served multiple missions for the LDS Church. She is a true example of charity. She gives her time, home, money and love all the time. She loves her family and has taught almost all of her great grandchildren how to read. She is amazing and I hope to grow up to be just like her.