SOLC 3 of 31: Legacy


“It is often said that when you pass, it is the people you shared your life with that are your main legacy.” – my mom, via text this morning.

Today it is 12  years since my Grandma Janet died.  My mom texted me this morning asking me to tell my children stories about her so that her legacy will live on. My daugher was only a 1 1/2 when she died and my son was not born yet.

It’s funny how when I roll my head over her, I think little moments and mostly food. I’ve written about her legacies with food in our family: egg salad, jello molds,  and noodle kugel.

My aunt wrote on FB this morning, “When I think of my mother, this is the way I’ll always remember her – dressed well, jewelry that matched, hair and nails done, without a single wrinkle (!), and happy to be with her family.”

Yes, she was always dressed to the nines. Knew how to use an iron and used it often (even known for ironing my grandfather’s undergarments!).  She loved jewelry and taught us all to indulge in buying jewelry for special occasions and from special places to mark the moment. She put family first, but she taught us to treat ourselves well and to treat others. She’d often fight to pay the bill or send a little extra money to us in college.  She was generous, kind and caring to all of us.  She epitomized “Random Acts of Kindness” before this was a trending movement.  She struck up conversations with strangers and made their day. Thinking of her is always a good reminder to put people and kindness first. Thanks Grandma Janet!


  1. Jen Driggers said,

    March 3, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    I love what your mom texted you. So true. My brother and I tell stories of my dad to my daughter who never met him and anyone who will listen to keep his memory alive. I find it’s the little moments that are the most special. So sorry for your loss! Thank you for sharing.

  2. caroline524 said,

    March 4, 2018 at 4:17 am

    What a beautfiul way to remember your grandmother. I like how your mother and aunt were able to add other memories that help connect pieces like a puzzle. They are all helpful in maintaining the legacy.

  3. March 4, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Thank you for continuing her legacy by sharing about her, with us. She sounded like a wonderful, caring woman and I’m sure she is missed everyday. Thank you for sharing this!

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