My parents met at Ohio State, got married after college and I was born 4 years later. When I was 3 months they moved to New Jersey, I have been stuck here ever since. The food is good here so I think I will stay. I spent 5 weeks of most of my summers growing up at my grandparents house in Ohio with my mom and my younger sister. My dad would drive out our last week and we would drive home with him. My Grani AKA MaryEllen Lewis was a kind and loving grandmother, the kind all kids dream of having. She was a very talented artist, especially portraits. She used to draw portraits of my grandfather while he was sleeping in a chair with his mouth hanging open. She also taught me how to draw and I credit her with my gift and love for art. She was funny and very social. My grandfather was a doctor in his earlier years and they had many local friends that would just stop in to say hi anytime of the day. I loved that! She had a huge open porch with wicker furniture big enough for these impromptu parties. These Ohio natives could really party too, let me tell you.
I was thinking about Social Media yesterday like everyday and realized that my Grani had invented it as far back as 1975. One of the Grani-isms she would tell me over and over was "Don't worry about people talking about you..worry when they quit talking about you." OH MY GOD! She was a genius I tell you! I understood what she meant back then as a kid but now I REALLY get it.~~~~ hi 5 Grani rock on!