Day 204: Grandma Frances

27 Oct

Grandma Frances has lived across the street from my family home since we moved there in 1973 – that’s 38 years.  Grandma has three children, 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren but she has also been the proxy grandmother to my neices since their grandmother’s were not around.  Grandma has always been available to help whenever she was needed and was more than willing to be a part of our family from the beginning.

Here are a few bits of information about Grandma: she is 91 years old having been born on June 23, 1920, she loves the New York Yankees (and even went to see a game last month!), she worked for many years for the US Postal Service in Manhattan, she loves word search puzzles, and she is still sharp as a tack.  And get this, she still does not wear glasses of any kind – not even for reading!  I’ve still got a few years to go before I’m 91 and I’ve been wearing cheaters for years.

Each year when I go “home” I make sure and plan a visit with Grandma and chat for a while.  Last year when I was going to visit, my sister told me that Grandma was not to eat any sweets and so instead of baking her a treat, I brought her a bouquet of flowers.  When Grandma heard I was coming to visit this week, the first thing she told my sister was, “Don’t let my family tell you that I can’t eat any sweets! I’m 91 years old and I can have a treat if I want one!” And so of course the first pie of my NY trip was for Grandma.

This morning my sister and I bought what seems like a bushel of MacIntosh apples (my favorite) and I baked an apple pie for Grandma.  After dinner, I brought it over to her house and we visited for a while.  She showed me a few pictures that she received for her 90th birthday (a photo of Yankee Stadium circa 1920 and a photo of Babe Ruth with Lou Gehrig).  We talked about our children and our lives and just visited for a while.  It seems that Grandma is content – and I am happy for her.  And tickled to know that tomorrow morning she will be eating apple pie for breakfast.

4 Responses to “Day 204: Grandma Frances”

  1. connie October 28, 2011 at 6:47 AM #


  2. Merry Davis October 29, 2011 at 9:27 PM #


    My husband, Rick, and I met you and your husband at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon. I’ve thought of you so many times since then and about the kindness in your heart and the joy you bring to others through your pie baking adventure.

    I have been reading through your blog and love the stories. Some are funny, some are sweet, some are nostalgic and some are deeply touching. We are lucky to have had the good fortune of meeting the author of this blog and hearing first hand from you about this wonderful project.

    All the best to you!

    Warm regards,
    Merry Davis

    • pieadaygiveaway November 1, 2011 at 2:27 PM #

      Merry, Thank you for your kind remarks. It was a pleasure meeting you and Rick, and I am not always as outgoing but somehow I thought you might like to hear about the pie journey. This past week has been a busy and emotional one… A you may have guessed. Tonight I fly back to Oregon… And leave my family behind. It is hard to live so far away but so great when I get to visit. Thanks again.
      Best wishes,
      Karen Re

  3. Alexandra October 30, 2011 at 9:31 PM #

    This is just great! I’m so glad you brought her something sweet 🙂


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