I met Thelma about 13 years ago, when Scott first took me to visit his family in California. She greeted me with a warm hug and a plate full of rice and beans. Somehow she seemed to already know everything about me. Before long, I found myself calling her Grandma. (Both of my grandmothers had passed away and I almost instantly felt like she was another grandma to me.)
Grandma Thelma celebrated her 85th birthday last weekend with a big family party in Cambria, California. Her six children, and almost all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren came along. Wearing a sparkly little tiara, Grandma was the center of attention---which isn't usually where you'll find her. Her three sons Frank, Gil and Bob (along with a couple friends) reunited their high school band "Frankie and the Rebels" and jammed to some 50s tunes. Grandma Thelma danced with her grandsons, and grandkids sang songs and told jokes. We all cried and laughed watching family videos and shared countless memories of Thelma as a mom, grandma, mother-in-law, and great grandma.
One of Scott's aunts put it best when she told Thelma: "You are the glue that holds this family together."
|Scott's mom, Janice, with his Grandma, Thelma|