Each year we get older. My grandmother, whom I’ve blogged about before HERE, has aged quite a bit in the last year. She used to be full of energy and life. She used to be a busy, busy, busy lady who couldn’t sit still and if she was sitting, she was always doing something like sewing, quilting, crossword puzzles, playing blackjack, reading, etc. She always told us that she wanted to keep busy as long as she could, because it’s what helped to keep her young. She was so independent and she wanted to be independent. She cooked, she cleaned, she volunteered at her church, she walked everywhere, she did her own grocery shopping, she worked in the yard, she sewed, etc. She didn’t want anyone’s help if she could do it herself. She’s a feisty little thing, even in her old age.
Last May she hurt her back. My grandma who was always so busy doing something could barely move, in fact she was pretty darn close to immobile. We soon discovered that she had a compressed fracture in her back. We were told that it’s common amongst the elderly and it’s difficult to figure out the actual reason why it happens. There are numerous reasons why and how a compressed fracture could occur so there was no telling how and why it happened to my grandma. From this point, she started to age quicker than she had in all the years I have known her. We all thought that she would recover and return back to her old spunky self, but the reality is that this compressed fracture was a significant injury that was the “start” to her really aging.
We all noticed the difference in her energy level in general and with other daily rituals and routines. We’ve all pitched in to help care for my aging grandma. Watching her age this past year was a daily reminder that her time is getting nearer and nearer. She’s not sick or anything, but I think because she was always so full of life and energy we forgot that she was “old.” So what better time than now to capture some images of my grandma and with my grandma…thank you to my younger sister Kristie for organizing and setting-up our photo shoot of “us girls”-my grandma, my mom, my sisters and myself. Thank you to Pinky from Pinky Photography for capturing these beautiful images that we all hold near and dear to our hearts.
Love, love, love all these special women in my life…especially my grams!!!