gram married at the spinsterish (at the time) age of 30, and didn't have her first child-- my uncle-- until age 32. that was practically a granny age in 1942! but hey, in my opinion she was too busy having fun to settle down before then. the picture at the right is her with my grandpa in early years. anyhow, she was a highly successful working woman back in the days when most women stayed in the home. "executive assistant" would be the name given to her position today, and she worked in the michigan state capital building in lansing. my grandpa was home for the kids at lunch time and after school.
today she lives on her own at age 96, a few miles away from my folks. she enjoys crossword puzzles, gin and tonic, good food, and staying up late. about 2 years ago, after remarkably recovering from a fractured hip (not many recover, btw) she lost her driving priveledges due to macular degeneration in her eyes. gram refused to surrender her actual license, claiming it was her only valid photo id, and occasionally drove illegally, if only to the nearby grocery store.
amazingly enough, after some treatments for her macular degeneration, her eyesight was within legal driving limits again. last week she had the opportunity to retake her driving test and have driving priveledges reinstated. she had studied, practiced, and set her jaw to be able to drive again legally. the test took place in a very busy part of downtown muskegon, one in which even i might be nervous being tested for my driving. lo and behold, gram passed the driving test, and is now allowed to drive during daylight hours within 10 miles of her home.
now isn't that a success story? i can hardly believe her grit.
p.s. mom, if i've made any mistakes in the retelling, please feel free to correct me in the comments section. love!
gram with s about 4 years ago