Today is my Grandmother's Birthday, she is my maternal grandmother. She passed away at the age of 85. I spent quite a bit of time with her since she lived with us several times. Grandma was pretty difficult to get along with, she was from "the old country". She came to the United States at the age of 17. She married my grandfather in 1916. I just recently discovered that she had 2 sets of twins before my mother was born. Only one twin survived over the age of one, his name was Edward and he died in WWII. My grandfather died at age 43 of diabetes. Grandma had a boarding house in Chicago renting rooms to single men who were mostly laborers. In the 50's she decided to move to Florida where she lived until she passed away.
She didn't have very many belongings but she did give me her china and silverware. I have since added to the patterns and use it everyday serving guests in the Bed and Breakfast. They remind me of her and her difficult life. I feel very blessed. Happy Birthday Grandma!