i’ve been remiss on keeping up with thankful for thursdays lately! you have my most sincere apologies. but in a way, i’m sort of glad that I forgot, because today presented the most perfect thing for me to blog about being thankful for:
she is one amazing lady, people. she’s raised six children, outlived two husbands, taken care of countless friends and relatives, and is just an all-around wonderful, beautiful, loving, giving, graceful person. if i could only use one word to describe my nana, “graceful” would most definitely be the perfect word (aside from the time her black panties fell off at the VFW…heh heh heh. she’ll kill me for that, but it’s so worth it. if you want the full story, don’t hesitate to ask).
she has six children and six children-in-law (she also has other step-children from her second marriage, but i don’t know them well), twelve grandchildren from those kids (and eight of us are or have been married), and nine great-grandkids from those grandkids (so far!) and those are all just her direct descendants. she also has step-grandkids, grands-in-law, etc etc etc…. and can i tell you this?
the woman NEVER forgets a birthday card!
i’m so proud to call her my nana, and amazingly grateful to have inherited many of her finer traits. 😉 par exemple (that’s fancyspeak for “for example”):
today, i met my mom and sister at atlanta bread company for lunch. afterwards, we decided to stop by and visit with nana (by the way, everyone calls her nana) for a while. when we got there, her friend juanita was there visiting too. she told us that they had just been eating apples & peanut butter (aha! that’s where i get my peanut butter obsession!) and drinking coffee, pretending that they were socialite ladies at high tea.
my sister and i stared at each other. this is SO something the two of us would do. yeah, the whole “let’s pretend” thing carried over into adulthood. “hey, let’s pretend we’re not just in the pool, but we’re in the pool on a cruise ship on our honeymoons with our new husbands, because we just got married in a double wedding!” turned into “hey, let’s pretend we’re not just sitting here at starbucks ogling that hottie over there. let’s pretend that he’s actually flirting with us!” or “let’s go to the antique store and buy vintage teacups and drink our tea and/or coffee out of those instead of plain old mugs, and pretend we are british.”
speaking of pretending to be british, my mom & aunts were also always avid citizens of the land of pretend (and i’m not speaking of the creepy puppet world to which mr. trolley took us on mr. rogers neighborhood…) the last time we went to disney world as a family, which was willy’s and my fifth anniversary a couple of years ago, mom, dad, foxycleopatra, & i used our best brit-talk and totally pretended to be from london. the hubster was not a participant. he doesn’t do pretend. he does “what if”, which i absolutely abhor. anyway, it was fun.
also, whenever we were younger and my aunt lived in fernandina beach, florida, we all took on alternate personas and had “beach names”. i honestly don’t remember what we kids chose as our beach names, but the best part was that my aunt’s beach name was “india”, and my mom’s was “asia”. how amazing is it that they participated in these games with us? anyway, i got a little bit off track there…back to nana.
the more i talk to my nana, and the more stories i hear about her in her younger days, the more i realize i am like her, and that makes me incredibly happy and, like i said before, proud. foxycleopatra and i most definitely get our love of makeup and fashion from her. it’s very funny to see all us “clemmons girls” go somewhere in the car together, because right before we arrive at our destination, we all pull out our gear to touch up the lipstick and powder the noses.
people are constantly telling me that i am a calming influence, and i believe this is something that comes from nana as well. (for crying out loud, she gave me a tranquilizer on my wedding day! lol! but we all know that’s not what i meant…) she also tells it like it is, while still being compassionate.
i love my nana so much, and i’m incredibly grateful to have her in my life. she just recently got herself a little one-bedroom apartment, and she says she’s the happiest she’s been in a long time. i hope that she stays healthy and happy for much, much longer. it saddens me to think that if i ever have children, they might not get the chance to know nana. but man, will we all have fun regaling them with stories about how amazing she is. 🙂