Thursday, August 1, 2013

Taking Time to Stop and Smell the Roses

On Friday my mom and I started our adventure to California to visit my 97 year old grandmother, Rosa.  She hasn't been feeling herself lately and asked if we could come and visit. We immediately made our reservations and thus began our journey to Cali.

The world has changed so much in her lifetime and I love to listen to the stories of her life; hers is a beautiful life well lived and filled with love, laughter, kindness and generosity. Everyone should be so blessed.

From my Nanny I have learned to live life to the fullest. To love all people regardless of the color of their skin or their sexual orientation. From an early age, I learned to swear at people in Italian if they cut you off on the freeway, and that it's never too early for a highball and it's never too late for a couple of shots of limoncello.

She taught me to be kind to others and to myself. To work hard at my job and to get manicures and pedicures as often as it makes me happy.  I would love to say she taught me how to cook delicious Italian food but alas...I had no interest. She got over it and continues to love me through my rebellion.

My Nanny Rose taught me so much more than I can possibly include in this blog but more than that, she has loved me, her Lizette, for my entire life and what a joy that has been.

One of my favorite moments from my visit was when she was struggling to get up to saute the garlic for our pasta (I guess she didn't trust me to do it right), she said, "OMG" and to this I just had to laugh. She is so cool, I mean how many 97 year olds to you hear saying that in just the right way.

I am thankful for my dear sweet Rosa and the amazing influence she has been and continues to be in my life. I hope everyone has someone like her in their lives and they are able to take some time to be with them.