I would like to think that 3 years ago today, my Grandma smiled when she opened this card. Seeing her Great-Granddaughters smiling back at her and wishing her a happy birthday had to make her smile.
Sadly, this is the last card I was ever able to send my Grandma for her birthday. I didn't know it at the time. No one did. Selfishly, I am so glad I chose to take a little extra effort that year to send a card with a picture of the girls. Yes, I am glad a took the effort. I know Grandma appreciated it. Grandma appreciated everything. She was quick to smile, quick to laugh, quick and generous with her hugs, kisses, her candy, her wishes. I am so lucky to have know her so long.
It's birthdays like today though, when that person isn't there anymore to send a card to, give a call to, or even better give a hug to...that I realize how important it is to make that extra effort everyday to the loved ones still there for us. I need to realize how lucky I really am...and I need to do a better job most days.
Thanks Grandma for that lesson. Oh, and Happy Birthday. You are missed.