A Gift for My Grandmother’s 86th Birthday

October 16, 2008 at 3:59 AM 5 comments

Tomorrow my family and I will be celebrating my grandmother’s 86th birthday! Although my grandmother can be quite impossible at times, I do love her with all my heart. Last year I bought her a digital picture frame and loaded it with scanned photographs I generated from hundreds of my grandfather’s old photographic slides. My grandfather, who passed away over ten years ago, was an amazing photographer. Due to the cost of processing film, my grandfather rarely developed the pictures he shot. Instead, he would hold slide shows for the family, projecting hundreds of images onto the walls of his home. When my grandfather died, my grandmother moved all of his slides into an old armoire chest where they sat and collected dust. One afternoon I decided those photographs needed to be displayed. I gathered the slides from my grandmother’s house and painstakingly scanned them. After I reached 1,000 scanned images, I purchased a digital picture frame, and then loaded them onto a digital picture frame for my grandmother.

To this day my grandmother says this is the best present she has ever received. She keeps the digital picture frame running 24 hours a day and shows it to all of the neighbors who visit her. I am so happy that I could provide something so meaningful to her. Although she drives me absolutely batty at times. I feel very blessed and grateful to have her in my life.

This year I don’t have such a perfect present for her. In fact, I haven’t bought a present for her at all. More than anything else, I know what she wants to spend time with me. This year I’m planning on taking a day off work to be with her. Sometimes I drive up on the weekends and visit, before or after I visit my parents, but this year I’m planning on setting aside an entire day to be with her. I might even let her pick the day.

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  • 1. Sense  |  October 16, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    I miss my grandma(s). Sounds like you’re doing a great job of it, but enjoy her while she’s here!

    One thing I’m glad I did was take a minute or two of video (with my digital camera) of my grandmother before she died. Whenever I want, I can see her alive and talking to me. 🙂

  • 2. One Frugal Girl  |  October 16, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    @sense — I love that idea!

  • 3. Elizabeth  |  October 17, 2008 at 6:39 AM

    both sound like wonderful presents! enjoy your time with her!

  • 4. julie  |  October 18, 2008 at 1:48 AM

    For older people I’ve come to realize that one of the best gifts is to spend time with them. I recently took a cooking class with my mom and we had a great day together. Maybe your grandmother can teach you something that she has experience with – how to cook her favorite meal, some tips on frugal living-I recently saw a YouTUbe video of “Depression Cooking with Clara,” featuring a 91-year old great grandmother. Maybe your grandmother can write a blog entry for you 🙂

  • 5. maggie xaba  |  December 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    I feel like jumping up and down with happiness because my daughter does that for my mother she is always looking forward for her birthday as she knows that she choose to go anywhere she wants


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