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my first “Slice of Life”

April 17, 2012

My friend and coworker, Jee Young, told me about this challenge called “Slice of Life” that was started by two teachers. Basically, the challenge is to write a slice of your life every Tuesday and publish it on your blog.

I decided to try the challenge…

 

Tuesday is actually a very special day for me.

Sure, it’s just the day after Monday and still the beginning of the week, but it’s the day I Skype with my Grandma. Yes, that’s right. My Grandma is that hip!

Every Tuesday at 6:30am, her Monday 4:30pm (depending on Daylight Savings Time of course), she faithfully calls me.

My alarm goes off– giving me just enough time to open my eyes so I can answer her call. I switch the phone to speaker and carry about my morning routine as we chat. (I love having a Smart Phone!)

I never quite noticed just how country my Grandma is until I moved to Korea. Now, every Tuesday I look forward to her soft, sweet Southern accent. She doesn’t have a strong accent but it’s just enough to make me miss home.

We don’t talk about anything monumental. She updates me about the weather in Texas, her health, how family is doing (somehow she always has the scoop), and she tells me about what she’s going to cook for dinner. She always wants to know what field trips I’m taking the kids on, what I’m eating, what the weather’s like, and if I have a date. haha

This may seem mundane and boring, but I really miss her phone call when we don’t get to talk.

Of all my family, she is the only one that is faithful in contacting me and making sure to stay in touch. Every week. That is faithful! I am so thankful for her~ I know that even if all we talk about are her doctor appointments or what she’s making for dinner, I’m still connected to her and living life with her despite the miles between us.

I recently read a passage in a book called Cold Tangerines:

“That’s how family gets made. Not by ceremonies or certificates, and not by parties and celebrations. Family gets made when you decide to hold hands and sit shoulder to shoulder when it seems like the sky is falling. Family gets made when the world becomes strange and disorienting, and the only face you recognize is his. Family gets made when the future obscures itself like a solar eclipse, and in the intervening darkness, you decide that no matter what happens in the night, you’ll face it as one.”

Now, that passage was talking about a husband and wife becoming family, but I can say that for my Grandma, she has made my life very special by just being there for me. She has always had an open door policy. I never have to wonder if I have a place in her home– I know that I am always welcome– any day, any time.

Through the tough times, she has always been there. She has always wanted to give my sister and I a better life than she had– showering us with fun memories and experiences.

My grandma knows how to throw a party and celebrate! From parties to picnics, Easter egg hunts to fishing, from raising baby ducks to making a tree house, from going to the movies to shopping, from eating out at our favorite Mexican food restaurant to making homemade tacos… we have had some amazing memories with our Grandma!

So when I talk to her, I know that I am there in her heart. I’m so close to her that I can almost taste the food she’s preparing. I can see the fresh fruit she always keeps on the table. I can hear the dogs barking. I can smell the country air and her perfume. I can see the blue skies and the birds she always feeds. I can hear her voice and know that she is closer than I ever imagined.

Every week I have the joy of getting a slice of my Grandma’s life.

Tuesdays. They are special to me.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2012 1:29 pm

    Jee tweeted about your first slice so I just had to stop by and welcome you to the Slicer community. You will love it here.

    This post about your grandma brought happy tears to my eyes. The love you have for your grandma and the comfort she gives you is very special. And you shared it with us beautifully. And love the quote from the book. Now I not only have a new blog to read, I have a book for my TBR pile!

    Again, welcome to Slicerville!
    Deb

  2. jee young permalink
    April 17, 2012 2:41 pm

    So glad that you are joining our slice of life community on Tuesdays!! It’s funny b/c this week the two writing teachers are on “vacation” for blogging…but next week, make sure you copy your link to your slice of life on their post! I really love this entry about your Tuesdays and how you share that with your grandma. I love that quote about family from Cold Tangerines!!! Glad you started reading the book. 🙂

  3. hanloveyoon permalink
    April 17, 2012 4:13 pm

    this was so beautiful. i love that quote from Cold Tangerines. I love that book!!!

  4. April 17, 2012 10:02 pm

    Thank you ladies for reading and encouraging me! I’m excited about the slice of life on tuesdays… i will do my best to share each week… hopefully this will challenge me to update my blog more often! And thanks for recommending the book, Cold Tangerines, JeeYoung! I love it so far!

  5. April 24, 2012 1:03 pm

    Let me add my welcome to you too! Your post is such a wonderful tribute to your grandma. I’m sure Tuesdays are very special to her. Sunday is my day to talk to my son, so I understand how important those connections are.

  6. April 24, 2012 1:53 pm

    thanks, elsie! I’m excited to join the slice of life community~

  7. April 24, 2012 10:24 pm

    A wonderful slice and a great reminder to treasure our family members.

    I also have to say thank you for the “set an alarm” idea for skype-ing with someone far away! My sis lives in Shanghai and I live in Honolulu…we are always missing one another!

    Cheers

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