Mom loved being a mom to her four children. Needless to say, when she became a grandma, she instinctively fell into her new role. When her oldest daughter Julie had her baby, Daniel... oh boy, Mom just loved him to pieces. Next came Daniel's brother Matthew... another reason for Mom to have those boys over and give them lots of hugs and love. Mom was already well into her grandmother role when my son Scott arrived. She helped take care of him when I first came home from the hospital. She had a lot of experience, and I had NONE! She was such a natural - she knew how to hold him, feed him, change him, and bathe him. She amazed me. Next came Betsy's child Jamie... her only granddaughter, and again, she couldn't get enough of her cuteness. These four little people were so lucky to have a grandma like Mom. I think they all knew it, too. She was the one on the roller coaster with them at the kiddie park. She was the one with them up on the top bunk. She was the one being silly, wearing googly-eyed glasses. She wasn't afraid to be down on the ground with the four of them - she surely made a lasting impression. On her final day, one of her special grandchildren whom she loved dearly went to see her - not an easy task. She was frail and tiny, but she was still Grandma. The visit was short, but sweet, and gave her one of the best gifts anyone can give another person, just their presence. I think it was truly a gift to both of them. One thing I know for certain is that she never ever had a favorite. She loved each of them the same, and I hope to this day that they know how special they were to their Grandma Alice.
Mom became a great-grandmother twice (Daniel's two girls) while she was ill, and I'm trying to follow in her footsteps as I cherish these girls, showering them with hugs, warmth, and love.
Grandma Alice's grandchildren were so fortunate to have her in their lives. Pictures will help them remember, but she will always be in their hearts.