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Grandma turns 80. [May. 25th, 2012|08:22 pm]
Marissa Lingen

Today is my grandma's 80th birthday. We're having a big party for her on Sunday--where by "we" I actually mean my folks are doing all the work--but today is the official date. I don't mostly put birthdays on here because I don't want it to seem like a statement if I miss one. But 80, 80 is a big, round number. Eighty is a thing.

Grandma is my last grandparent standing. I mean, I have Grandpa Lyzenga, but I married into him when I was full grown rather than having memories of walking with him when I was tiny; and as much as I will sometimes introduce Aunt Ellen and Uncle Phil as my Lingen grandparents, and as much as they are doing their darnedest, they are in fact a really really special great-aunt and -uncle, which is its own thing and not to be denigrated.

But Grandma has enough personality for four grandparents all by herself. (So, I know firsthand or hear quite vividly, did each of my other grandparents in their own ways. Lack of personality: not an issue in this family.) Grandma is an Energizer bunny. I wrote in her birthday card that she embodies the adage about blooming where one is planted, and I really think that's true. She does well with new people and new situations. She just dusts herself off and tries again, whatever she needs to try again, and I have never once heard of a situation she couldn't eventually make that work in. Never once. Her persistence inspires me. I hope it lasts long past 80.

From: athenais
2012-05-26 03:06 am (UTC)
What an excellent virtue to have. Happy 80th to your grandma.
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[User Picture]From: alecaustin
2012-05-26 04:34 am (UTC)
80 is a thing, and your Grandma is awesome. I hope her persistence lasts long past 80 as well.
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[User Picture]From: miz_hatbox
2012-05-26 07:17 am (UTC)
Many very happy returns to your grandma!
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[User Picture]From: cathshaffer
2012-05-26 12:51 pm (UTC)
She sounds neat. A happy birthday to her and many more!
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[User Picture]From: pameladean
2012-05-26 09:30 pm (UTC)
A very happy 80th birthday to your grandma!

Time being what it is, she is a year younger than my mom.

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[User Picture]From: prettymuchpeggy
2012-05-27 04:59 am (UTC)
Wow 80! It is indeed an accomplishment.
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