G: What's a favorite tradition of your grandma's?
A: Picking crabapples on her ranch in Snowflake, AZ and making crabapple jelly.
G: How about a favorite memory?
A: A couple years ago I filmed her telling her life story. It was just us, which is precious time when you have fifty-something cousins, and we laughed and cried under a big tree in her front yard as she told memories from her past. I'll never forget it.
G: Why is this relationship so special to you?
A: My relationship with my grandma is precious because I know I won’t get to have her with me always. I want to take advantage of every chance we have to be together.
G: Is there a soundbite or bit of wisdom she's taught you?
A: “Assume the best, look for the good.” She always has this on an index card taped to her fridge.
G: If you could write her a note for Other Mother's Day, what would it say?
A: Dear Grandma, thank you for showing me what a strong woman looks like. You find beauty and laughter on even the most difficult days and in I’m honored to be your granddaughter.