I’d like to wish a very Happy 90th Birthday to one of the most beautiful women I have ever known. My grandmother Irma Dean is the type of woman most aspire to be, but very few can match. As a mother/grandmother, photographer, gardener, ageless prank-puller (she put a sign on my grandpa’s back when he turned 89), and sweet-natured human being, she has always been a notch above all the others by being as unique as she is loving.
My grandma has taught me a lot about what it means to be both an exceptional woman and human being. She is not only kind, intelligent and caring, but she has encouraged all of us to be those things as well. While having a grandmother is by no means a unique experience, having a great one is something to be treasured for a lifetime. Not only does my grandmother radiate a particular type of warmth that you can’t help but gravitate towards, she also treats everything and everyone with the type of tenderness one only acquires at birth. Basically… my grandmother is one of the most incredible human beings alive.
While most people’s grandmothers were baking pies, mine was running the homemade bases in her backyard after sending a wiffle ball soaring over the back fence. We all knew she was something special as we watched the ball float through the air, and have continued to marvel at how cool she is with each passing year. She has captured our lives on film, passed on her knowledge and stories, and been a constant source of encouragement and praise throughout our lifetimes. She has never stopped learning and has mastered computers, cell phones, and iPads with ease. She is even learning how to play the Ukulele.
Being able to call you my grandmother has been one of the biggest privileges of my life. I’m not sure what I did to deserve such a loving and strong woman as my grandmother, but am certainly thankful it was you. You are the best role model a young woman could ask for, and I can’t even begin to thank you for all the things you’ve taught me over the years. I’m so happy I was able to spend the day with you yesterday, and hope that you’re 90th birthday is everything you want it to be and more. – Love Always, Susan