my grandmother turns 93 next week while my grandfather turns 95 next month. they just celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. and they are amazing. grandma always has great stories while grandpa always has great one liners. i’ve never done a day (or in this case weekend) in the life session and i knew that if i was ever going to do one, it will be for my grandparents.
and it was memorable and special. i spent time being immersed in their day to day life, hearing stories of the past, laughing at their jokes and spending quality time with them all while capturing them. and my grandparents loved having me there too. every person we met at their home, grandma would say proudly, “this is my granddaughter. she left her two little girls at home with their father so she could vacation with us. can you believe that?!” it was the cutest!
i’m not sure how i will finalize the video and photos (i’m thinking a nice big album with the quotes laid out) but here are just some of my personal favorites that just gives a little insight into their weekend. and boy did my mind and body work crazy for it. having the camera attached for 2 straight days made my wrist flare up. and my mind was working overtime remembering all the quotes. but it was all worth it!
and this was just perfect. the newspaper headline one morning. just perfect.
“oh shoot, you’re taking pictures already?! but we’re not doing anything but watching jeopardy” - gma
“i never did propose. i asked her to move in with me into the barracks” - gpa
“what a stinker, he never proposed. and he asked after the third date!” - gma
“you know where i met your grandmother? at her boyfriends” - gpa chuckling
“you know your father started walking at eight months. and he was everywhere. he hasn’t stopped.” - gma
“these were my mother and father’s. they got them shortly after they were married which was 1917. i really treasure these.” - gma
“i didn’t take a nap today? i was too busy to nap” - gpa
“what time are we going to bingo?” - gpa
“i’ve never won bingo here before.” - gpa
five minutes later “i got bingo!” - gpa
“have i shown you the library? it’s nice. they have all these books that you can borrow. and puzzles” - gpa
“i don’t do puzzles. i’m too busy and don’t have enough time” - gpa
“i always like the art and paintings here” - gma
“we’re in the national wii bowling competition starting next week. we need to practice” - gma
“we won bowling?! we won!” - gpa
“my makeup? just blush. i always need my blush.” - gma
“i love you” - gma
“ditto” - gpa
“did you just ditto me?!” - gma
“i did. ditto” - gpa chuckling
“my favorite memory growing up? swimming in the hudson river. oh and there was a place we used to go too. b.a.b. you know what b.a.b was? bare ass beach. funny how memories are triggered.” -gpa
“i like it here. but i miss having our home.” - gpa