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03 March 2011 @ 05:58 am
My Grandma would've been 98 years old today...  
I decided not to make this a sad post,... many of you who know me on FB and Twitter already know that my Grandma passed away on Monday,... just 3 days shy of her 98th birthday. And while we are all sad because she's gone, the one thing I wanted to do in this post was share some of the fun memories I have of her.

My Grandma was strong and stubborn and incredibly feisty... She lived independently until she was 94, still cooking meals for the entire family every Sunday night, making sushi and chocolate pies for the neighbors, and chasing wild chicken out of her yard with a broom. :) She had an amazing memory... She remembered things that we sometimes forgot - at a family gathering with my Dad's side of the family she asked my Dad's relatives (who she hadn't seen in YEARS) how their children were and remembered meeting them on specific occasions. Even on my Mom's last visit to see my Grandma, the one question she had for her was when I was going to think about having children. :) That woman never gave up hope that I would give her a great-grandchild. :)

Her hearing was the one thing that went in her old age. But being the stubborn person she was, she refused to wear a hearing aide. My favorite story that I remember my Mom telling me is that when my Grandma was still living at home, she could hear her phone ring, but not anyone speaking on the other end. So she'd pick up the phone and say HELLO, and the person would be YELLING on the other side of the phone, "GRANDMA!!!" She couldn't hear them,... so she'd say, "Well, why you call if you no like talk??" and hang up the phone, very disgusted. :D Hilarious.

I always remember her hearty laughter... She once hit my Mom playfully on the back while she was laughing so hard that it literally knocked the wind out of my Mom. "Pua ting, you" (Poor thing) she told her when she realized how hard she'd hit her. :D She loved teasing us. She would always tease me for bringing too many shoes whenever I visited her. "Go come again," she told me once when I was leaving, "And go bring more shoes you not going wear." :D She was also very physically strong for her age. She used to carry burning hibachis across her garage when she lived at home, and in the care home, instead of using her walker to walk around, she'd pick it up and CARRY it places...

She was also a master at making sushi, and mochi. Every New Year the cousins would wake up early and form little mochi patties from the mochi she made. Her kitchen, though, was her domain and if my Mom was making breakfast or cooking there, she would be sure to get her hand slapped because she was doing something the wrong way... This is where I learned all my Japanese swear words, watching her with my Mom in the kitchen growing up... ;) And my Mom used to judge how good of a visit it was with her by how many times she got called "bakatare" by my Grandma. ;)

I know how fortunate I was to have had her in my life for as long as I did... Of course we are all sad that she's gone, but today, on what would have been her 98th birthday, I choose to remember all the wonderful and fun times. Thank you all SO much for all the lovely messages both on FB and Twitter, it's meant so much to me. ♥

msgrumpybear: eeyore9msgrumpybear on March 3rd, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful tribute! *hugs* She sounds like she was a real trip. Once again I am so sorry for your loss. I think honoring her in this way on her birthday is a great idea! I love the photos, she looks amazing in them as do you. I definitely think when most people do go this is the kind of legacy they would want to leave. More *hugs* because I'm sure this is still kind of a hard day for you.
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on March 6th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Laura! We got back last night from her services and it was so nice to see everyone who came out from Honolulu to be there. She certainly did touch a lot of people. Thanks so much for your kind words. ♥
Kayleakaylea on March 3rd, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
I loved reading this Sheri. It reminds me of my own grandmother every time we used to visit Japan to see her as well. The Mochi part made me laugh only because it reminds me of the way mom and grandma used to be as well. Also it reminds me of the way mom says stuff to sad, jokingly like that and we all laugh. haha. :)

Thank you so much for writing this and sharing it with us. You're amazing. Now, go have a good Hina Matsuri because grandma would have wanted you to. Love and hugs from both of us too. *huuuugs*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 6th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Mel! I think this is the way that all my cousins remember our Grandma. And I think, even though she's gone, we'll continue to share funny stories about growing up with her. Her services were last night and afterward we spent time talking over dinner and we all shared many more memories. She really did touch so many lives.
Julia: next to normal::show::Lightlucenellapiazza on March 3rd, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
ahaha the phone story is the best. She reminds me, just based on what you wrote, of my great aunt who was actually 97 when she passed and was totally feisty and independent literally until she died. She's famous in our family for sending back food or tea if it was too hot/too cold or if the littlest thing wasn't right with it...it had to be just right. And she was always the last to finish.

This is such a great way to remember your grandma, she sounds like a total character! Thinking of you and your family.
L: outsideicyblugurl on March 3rd, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
Awww, this was really sweet! My grandmother lived to be 92 and she had such a wonderful life. I rarely got to see her, but she always tried to talk to me in English because I don't know Spanish and she knew it would be easier for me to understand. :)

Lots of *hugs*
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on March 4th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
*Hugs* I'm so sorry, Sheri. My deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

Thank you for sharing those great memories. I loved to read them. It's a wonderful way to remember your Grandma and I'm sure she would be proud of you.

Hugs and love to you!
she was a work in progress.: I Feeldreamer_98 on March 4th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
Very sweet post. Your grandmother seemed like quite a character.

Again, my thoughts are with your family. ♥
Leahbostonbwy on March 4th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. She sounds like a wonderful woman.
I lost my grandmother just before Thanksgiving this year, so I understand how difficult it is.
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on March 4th, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
Wonderful memories, Sheri, and how wise you are to focus on these. What a long life she had, filled with love of her family, with humor, with caring, with independence. She remains an inspiration and a blessing.

bigrivermusical: me?bigrivermusical on March 4th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
Such a great tribute for Grandma
Sherri, your entry is very heartwarming during this sad time. It's amazing to hear that she cooked until 94 yrs old!! I'm so glad to know you have so many great memories with her. HUGS..
Blancheblanche on March 9th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
Sheri, I'm sorry for your loss. *big hugs*