My P&G everyday resolution today is to call my grandmother each week to check-in and update her on the boys.
I’m very lucky to be 34 years old and have my grandmother healthy, alive and well. This, I know. My grandmother, all 4 feet and 10 inches of her, at the age of 87 years old is a dynamo! We’ve always been close and she’s someone I cherish in this world.
Before I had my sons, I would call my grandmother all the time. I mean, all. the. time. She and my Nana (my Nana passed away 3 years ago) were my biggest cheerleaders and supporters. When I was in middle school, high school, college and even my pre-mom days in NYC, I would call my grandmothers multiple times a week. It was something that I used to do all on my own, simply just because. I just loved them so much and I loved being able to call them and have conversations. I always learned a lot from them and gained wisdom and different outlooks on things in life.
I actually remember I would swap back and forth as to whom I would call when I was living in NYC every evening when I would walk back from the subway. I always had a 15 minute walk home, so I’d call my mom and then one of my grandmother’s. It was always nice having someone to chat with on that walk home; it got lonely doing it alone. It makes me smile to think back to those days in 2001. Special times.
So what changed?
Well, I became a mom and my life started to get a little hectic and crazy. There was no such thing as quiet times to make calls anymore, not with one baby, and then two babies and then three and then four! My grandmothers got such a kick out of seeing me as a mom and nobody loved a great-grandchild more than they both did.
When my Nana passed away in 2008, it just left my grandmother. My mom’s mom. She was widowed very early on in life, so I’ve always taken extra care to make sure she knows someone’s thinking about her. That’s probably why at such an early age I started to call her so much. I remember calling my grandmother a few times when the boys were having meltdowns in the background, and she said to me, “Audrey… honey, you don’t need to worry about me. Go take care of those boys!”
But here I am in the present day. My youngest guy is 4 years old… life is a little (dare I say it) calmer and not as baby-hectic as it was 3 years ago. I actually do have quiet time to make a call and this is where my resolution is coming from today. I’m going to call my grandmother every week again to check-in and say “I love you.”
I know it’s a simple resolution to make, but it’s one that will leave a lasting impression on me and on her.
To be able to share conversations with her throughout these years in her life will mean more to me than anything in the world.
I’m proud of this resolution.
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