Today would have been my Grandmaâ€™s 96th Birthday.
Whenever Iâ€™d call her the conversation always started off something like this:
Me: Hi Grandma! Itâ€™s Melanie!
Grandma: Sure I know that little voice. What time is it there?
Me: Itâ€™s noon.
Grandma: My, my, weâ€™re going to have supper soon and youâ€™re about to have dinner*. And you sound some clear, like youâ€™re right next doorâ€¦.
We were four and a half time zones apart from each other. She was always surprised at how well she could hear me over the phone. I guess that was because she remembered the first phones, the party lines, the crackles and pops in the background.
Iâ€™m so glad I have so many wonderful memories of my Grandma; like the picture below, right after I took it she turned to me and stuck her tongue out (I got a photo of that too but Iâ€™m sure she wouldnâ€™t have wanted me to show it to anyone).
*In Newfoundland they call lunch â€œdinnerâ€ and dinner is called â€œsupper.â€ And a â€œlunchâ€ is a snack.