So…today is my Oma’s birthday.
I miss her…her voice, her soft skin, her stories…
I wish that I would’ve taken the time to appreciate her more…and to *know* her better.
She was a beautiful woman. Everyone who was blessed to know her would tell you how kind, how giving, how funny she was.
You know what else she was?
She was brave.
She left Germany when she met a handsome GI who swept her off her feet…and moved to the US. Around the time of WWII.
Moved the the US.
In the shadow of WWII.
Let that sink in for a second.
She was strong.
Her husband was in the military and moved. A lot. She had 4 kids.
I can barely take care of my plant…which I need to water today 🤪😜
She was so bloody smart. I honestly didn’t see that until later. She was a cook…and she could do calculations like a boss. She could figure out in her head things I can’t with a calculator.
I know we loved each other, and I was the oldest grandchild…but distance…and my flippant youth…
I have few regrets in life. I truly believe that every thing I’ve experienced has made me the woman I am today.
My sole regret is not driving up the Northeast extension more frequently to see my Oma and my Opa.
Today, as I reflect on how much I miss my Oma on her birthday, I want you to glean one thing.
Time is your most valuable resource. Don’t waste it on people who take you for granted. Spend it generously on people that you love.