I’ve been home from Chicago for two days and I can genuinely say that I miss it. I have been to Chicago twice in the last four months and I feel an unexpected pull towards the city.
My Granny was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and lived there until she met my Nonno and moved to California to get married and start their family in 1950. I felt my grandma’s presence around the city and especially when we visited the building that she worked in in the 1940s. .
My Granny was a very special woman. She was kind hearted and never impressed by wealth, ego or status. She was kind to everyone, even if they didn’t deserve it. .
Before she died I asked if she had any words of advice for myself and my then fiancé. Her advice was “be kind to each other”, and with her iconic finger wave and slightly disapproving and all knowing glare, she would follow it up with, “and save your money!!!!”. .
It seems so simple (the kind bit, not the money but!), but it’s not easy. But if we can remember to be kind, even when we don’t want to be, our lives become so much richer. .
I think we often worry about how we will be remembered when we die. Will we be famous enough that we will transcend time? Most of us won’t. But my Granny will live on for generations because my children, and their children, and so on, will keep her stories, her humor, and most importantly, her kindness alive (the money saving bit is trickier). .
I can’t summarize everything she was in a IG post, but I can say that my little Polish Granny from the south side of Chicago was an amazing woman and I’m lucky I got 29 years with her. I can only hope I’m worthy of the same love from my kids and grandkids some day. .
Nostrovia, Granny. 🥂 I love you and miss you. .
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