“Betty, this is miracle running. Woowee! Could you have ever imagined my legs feeling this much better? ”
My mind went straight to Middle Grade and Classics I haven't read as many current novels because I spend a lot of my time meditating, though I do read the books that make a stir. I kept many of my favorite books from my childhood and have been re-reading many middle grade novels with my nephews... FUN!!!! :) You want to relax? Read Charlotte's Web again. ;)
You might have an Iphone 7 or new car. But, do you know what I got? I got a Jennie. My Grandma Pagano, wise matriarch and charming Sicilian, effortlessly socialized with a flirt and a laugh to all.
Yep, I got a Jennie. Well I had a Jennie; she passed away Monday night. She lived a good, long life and I couldn’t be more proud than to know that I came from her. I am her legacy. I have her genes and her recipes. She will live on through me … through all of her family. She taught me how to be loyal, loving, courageous and kind. She too had arthritis, experiencing a lifetime of chronic pain. That never stopped her from having a family and a kitchen that ran around the clock. The machine shop, as my Aunt Rose called Jennie’s kitchen, pumped out the best food I will ever eat. Did your grandma wake you up to the smell of browning meat at 6:30 am? Mine did.
Over the years, so much wisdom, encouragement and love was passed from her to me with lots of humor, laughter, and a wee bit of passive aggression to keep me alert. Here’s a taste:
All of these quotes were met with a smile, giggle , gratitude and profound admiration for my Jennie.
Love you Grandma. I’m so glad you’re at peace now. I know you're watching. You can still keep up with all of us! Now you can see my home and meet my new dog. See where I hung up the oriental silk you gave me? Look, I wear your ring every day. See how much better I’m walking? Actually everything is better for me and I’m happy. I’m working on understanding good love. Thank you for being absolutely amazing. Thank you for being the embodiment of what’s right and good, loyal, charming and REAL.
Children's Literature - Magical Realism, Nature, Spirituality, Qi Gong #ownvoices.