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Good Things For Gwendolyn: Weekly Gramma Visits

February 11, 2011 by Bill Strong
Not unlike the connection I have with my Mom, Gwendolyn and her Gramma have an extremely unique and special bond, too. We've written about it before, but Gramma happily drives 80 miles each way from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara every week to spend time with Gwendolyn and help us out around the house. She's never missed a week in over three years and she wouldn't have it any other way.

Every single week she arrives loaded up with our favorite coffee drinks, lunch for the day, a home cooked dinner and a nice bottle of wine. I know these visits mean the world to her and Gwendolyn lights up the second she arrives. Gramma always brings a special project for them to do together and is super creative with fun activities that Gwendolyn always loves. There's singing. Counting. Spelling. Massage. Books. Peek-a-boo games. Catch. Basketball. Alphabet lessons. Beauty salon. And always -- ALWAYS -- dancing. Crazy dancing!

Recently, Gramma has been teaching Gwendolyn a dance to the Hawaiian classic,The Hukilau Song. Gramma performs it. Then (with Gramma's help) Gwendolyn does it, too. And she is so serious about the dance. Especially the ending where she does her HUGE, dramatic bow. Then Gramma has one of Gwendolyn's stuffed "friends" or princesses do the dance (Gwendolyn is partial to her stuffed mermaid...which Gramma gave her). Gwendolyn giggles and giggles watching her stuffed friends hula, too. She loves it. And every time I see them doing the Hukilau dance together, it takes me right back to my many special childhood summers in Hawaii where my awesome Grandma -- my Mom's mom -- would teach my sister and me the same exact dance to the same exact song. I loved it then. And I love watching Gwendolyn get to have the same special grandmother bond. It's so special.

It is Gramma's birthday!!! So, Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday to the best Mom and Gramma in the entire world! We hope you have a very special day today and we can't wait to Hukilau with you soon!

Talk About It

Nothing like Gramma lovin...Happy Birthday to you Mom, Bill!
Posted by Debbie on 2011-02-11 10:40:25
Nothing like Grandchildren!! I love every minute of mine and obviously so does Miss G`s Gramma. Well done Gramma and Miss G. Happy birthday Gramma.
Posted by Carol on 2011-02-11 10:51:50
Lucky Gwendolyn! Grandparents are such a huge blessing. Happy Birthday to G's incredible grandma!
Posted by Kelly Gillespie on 2011-02-11 11:50:32
So much fun! Lucky Gramma and Lucky Gwendolyn! Happy birthday to one special Gramma!!
Posted by Kristen on 2011-02-11 16:17:43
Gwendolyn has the bet grandma!! What a fun time they have together, and I remember singing and learning that song when I was a little girl. This afternoon, while waiting at the nuerologists office at UW, I came upon this young woman's blog. She is 24 years old, lives in Toronto, Canada and has SMA. I thought you'd enjoy meeting her. --Mari
Posted by Mari on 2011-02-11 19:18:28
What lovely pictures & video of Gwendolyn & her gramma! She is just so very precious!! Happy Birthday Gramma!
Posted by Kim on 2011-02-12 09:49:42
Oh... happy birthday Gramma. Gwendolyn dances so gracefully.
Posted by Jhari on 2011-02-12 10:32:29
Happy Birthday Gramma!! Gramma's are certainly special and I am so happy to see Gwendolyn and Gramma bonding! I miss my MawMaw so much. I pray Gwendolyn and Gramma have many, many years together!
Posted by Tammy Duke on 2011-02-12 11:29:02
You and your mom are admirable, remarkable, beautiful women with amazing amounts of grace and courage. As the mom of a special needs child myself, you give me a higher standard for myself...for that, I thank you...
Posted by Julie on 2011-02-12 11:55:03
Happy Birthday Gramma! Victoria, I can see where you learned how to be such a wonderful mom and I am so glad you have the support, love and dedication of your Mom by your side. I know her weekly visits are so cherished and I can imagine they mean the world to Gwendolyn (and having help wiht lunch/dinner and a bottle of wine doesn't hurt our sanity as parents either does it?!). Thanks for sharing such a heartwarming video of special Gramma time with us. Love and hugs, Em
Posted by Emma on 2011-02-12 15:29:20
Happy Birthday Gramma!!!!
Posted by Kelly D < smile on 2011-02-12 15:36:31
Oh what special times together. Hope your mom had a great birthday, Bill!!!!!
Posted by Margaret on 2011-02-14 08:58:20

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