Today is a very special day in our family, as my beloved maternal Grandma turns 80!

Last week we threw her a garden party luncheon (my Aunt Jane has a gorgeous backyard, perfect for the occasion) and Frannie and Maggie provided some singing and dancing entertainment for the guests.

Just to give you a glimpse of what my Grandma means to me, I’m sharing below a “love letter” I wrote her before Valentine’s Day this year, as a model for my students. (Remember, this was meant to be at a Grade 3/4 reading level…I’d like to think my usual writing is a touch more sophisticated!)


Dear Grandma,

Do you know how much I love you? Since Valentine’s Day is coming soon I wanted to let you know how special you are to me.

When I was a kid, you always came to see me in plays and I knew how proud you were of me. Now you come and watch my daughters when they are performing, and it makes them happy too!

You are very helpful, always doing my sewing and mending for me…and never telling me that I should just learn to do it myself!

I love your cooking and baking, and I bet you can guess what my favourite is…that’s right, your chocolate pie!

I think you are so smart, and you know so much about politics. You are open to learning new things too, since you are figuring out an iPad and e-mail at 79 years of age!

Plus, we have so much in common, like our love of family, magazines and shopping!

Thanks for being such a wonderful Grandma! Happy Valentine’s Day!



Happy 80th, Grandma! Here’s to many, many more!

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