Tuesday, December 9, 2008
My Grandma, my cousin Grant and I not wanting my picture taken
2 days after Thanksgiving my 92 year old Grandma passed away. It was a stressful couple weeks saying goodbye to her, but have tried to do what she would want and that is to be happy and spread the Christmas cheer, and look for the good in what may seem bad. And with some other stressful and absurd stuff going on, I’m trying to find the bright shiny side in everything.
At her memorial we heard some great stories about her and what an amazing lady she was and all the lives she touched. She was truly a shining star. She was a teacher for 35 years at the same school district, and one of many cool things she did was to start an after school sports program for girls back in the days when girls weren’t allowed to play sports! Could you imagine, no sports for girls? Way to go Grandma ! Girls can rock in sports and she knew it way back then!
So our tree is up, the stockings are hung. I have baked cookies, and played Christmas music and the kids have more Christmas presents than they need. The lights are hung and Christmas is all around. I have to admit I don’t feel the Christmas spirit 100% this year but am giving it my best effort. In fact this year a trip to Mexico sounds more appealing, but growing up I had a million great memories of Christmas and want my kids to have the same memories so…I’m coming around.
So, I know there is a lot of Euncie Bivins Rife in me. Those are the parts that gave me the determination and motivation to get through PT school, train for triathlons and Ironmans and World Championships, and to always look for the shining star when it seems dark and dreary.