July is THE month on my birthday/anniversary calendar that is filled with names of people who are celebrating. 8 of those dates are family members, another 6 more are friends. One of the dates has multiple names on it. Today, is one of those days. At the same time July is also a month with a "celebration" that took a long time to feel like a celebration.
Today is the birthday of both of my grandmothers. How's that for coincidence? One would be 94 today, the other is 82. I've learned a lot from my grandmothers, though I've had 21 more years with one than the other.
I keep telling people that I'm taking after my Grandma O. as my hair color changes each time they see me and I'm pretty sure the baking gene came from her as well. Grandma O will forever be 73 in my mind. The last time I hugged her, she was in the middle of her 50th wedding anniversary celebration. The next morning she was gone. I remember thinking that morning as I heard the news that I was just getting to know my Grandma O. I think we would have related to each other better as adults and I wish we had gotten the chance to know each other as adults.
G.G. celebrates her birthday today too. My deep love and appreciation of music comes from G.G. Growing up in a family where Grandma sang Bass/Tenor, Mom was a low Alto and Aunt was a Soprano, harmony was common. Someone once asked me how I knew how to sing harmony and I honestly answered, "I just hear it". I will give G.G. and time around the piano singing all the credit. We've had many adventures together over the years. She's been a good friend through the years. I have to say, though, I find it disgusting that my 82 year old Grandmother has less grey hair than I do (hence the different colors referenced above...maybe I took after Grandma O. in that way too!)
Tonight I am grateful for two women, born on the same day, though a few years apart. Happy Birthday Grandma's. I love you both.