Grandma grew up on a farm in North Dakota, taught in a one room school house in a neighboring town, before moving out west, later meeting and marrying my grandfather.
Grandpa was an avid SF Giants fan and loved listening to their games on the radio. Grandma never held any interest in sports, let alone following a specific team of a specific sport, let alone following professional athletes' careers.
However, all that changed when in the early 1990's Grandma's three daughters took her to dinner at Benihana's in Burlingame.
Aunt C recognized Jerry Rice, the legendary San Francisco 49er, Wide Receiver, #80. Neither my Mom or Aunt D knew who he was. (Even if you don't follow football, its not easy to not know who Jerry Rice is, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area!)
And with a "Please, please, please its my Mom's birthday??!" from Aunt C, Jerry came over to meet Grandma!
He gave her a kiss and took a picture with Grandma. I can't help but look at their hands & difference in size here, no wonder he didn't drop the ball!! :>
Here's Grandpa & Grandma at Grandma's 80th birthday party, wearing the Jerry Rice 49er jersey and holding the Grandma/Jerry cake that Aunt C got for her.
Once again, Pre-Jerry, Grandma had no interest in sports, let alone football, let alone one specific football player. Post-Jerry, she would look for him in a game and called him her boyfriend. Too cute!
Did you know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month?
In 1999, we lost Grandma to ovarian cancer. Thanks to last week's Back 2 Blogging event through SITS, I learned about how Kelly Ripa has teamed up with Electrolux to support The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Grandma meeting Jerry Rice is one of many fun stories that I keep close, even though she's no longer with us. What fun grandma stories do you hold on to?
I'd love for you to say hello, then come back to this page & click on the link on Kelly Ripa's name and learn more. Hope everyone is well into a great week today! :>
And because I love my Grandma so much & this story so much, I'm linking up in the new home for Wordful Wednesday:
And yes, Grandma & Jerry have me Tickled Pink...come to 504 Main and see some fabulous & fun!