Thursday, July 22, 2010

Grandma, Norman Rockwell & Birthdays

Today would be Grandma's 82nd birthday. She's been gone over nine years now, and I still miss her. This past December I was reading an article in Smithsonian magazine about Norman Rockwell and it brought back memories of how much Grandma enjoyed his illustrations. I pulled out a few photos of Grandma and then gathered the Norman Rockwell books and calendars I inherited from her and created this simple layout.

When I was ten-years-old, our family moved in order to live closer to Grandma, and from then on Grandma and I celebrated our birthdays together. Our birthdays are four days apart, so we often began celebrating on her birthday and ended on mine. The year I turned 12, she took me on a three day trip, just the two of us. Earlier this year, I created a Photo Album Scrapbook to commemorate that trip.

Robbie and I met shortly after Grandma passed away, so she never knew him. I know she would have loved him, and she would have been especially pleased that he has carried on the tradition of celebrating my birthday for several days in honor of her birthday. Starting that first year we were married, Robbie began giving me pre-birthday gifts - one a day for four or so days leading up to my birthday. This year is no exception: Robbie ran a few errands the other day and later this pile of gifts appeared.

I've opened a few of these packages already and my next post will be about all the goodies I found inside.


1 comment:

  1. So touching. I think about my grandparents a lot in the summer, probably because my birthday was also this week and we always had a family celebration. Love the connections you made on the layout! BTW, I celebrate not a birthday, but a birthMONTH!


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