My name is Chérie.
I am the first born of the first born namesake of Phyllis
And I am the first born grandchild of Phyllis and the late, great LeRoy
I loved cooking with my grandma. She taught me her famous fried cabbage, red beans and rice, and an Egg-in-a-Nest. Oohs, aaahs, smiles and “YESSS!” affirmations filled the room.
I loved that she taught me how to bake grandpa’s favorite Pinapple Upside Down Cake
Growing up, my grandma walked around the house talking to herself. “What did you say, Grandma?”, I would say. “Nothing. It’s just Spanish…” , she would say and continue talking to herself.
I wanted to know what she was saying! So, when I was in high school I decided to take a Spanish class.
The first thing I wanted to learn how to say was hello to my grandma. Because she was my grandma!
One day, I called her and surprised her. “¡Hola Mi Abuela!”
(There was a gasp for air…) “¡HOLA MI NIETA BONITA! ¿COMÓ ESTÁ?!……”
And she was ‘off to the races’ they say.
“Woah, woah! Slow down grandma! I’m just learning!” , I said.
My grandma could not stop laughing. ( I could feel her smiling through the phone).
From that day, my grandma promised me to only speak Spanish to her.😄
We would never say goodbye. We would always end our conversations with “I love you.”
So, the next thing I wanted to learn was how to say was ‘I love you ‘ to my grandma. Because she was my grandma.
As I choked back tears…¡TE AMO MUCHO MI ABUELA! ¡TE AMO MUCHO!
That was my speech when my grandmother passed. She turned 92 on May 23rd and she passed on the 30th.
I drew these roses when I was young. By the new cursive handwriting , I was young! 😛
#Starbucks #RightOffThePlane #YESSS
A week long affair…
She was still doing Zumba up until right before she passed!😂
My grandpa alwa had #ButterscotchCandy growing up! The funerals service set out a bowl of butterscotch candy without even knowing that information! #GrandpaWasThere
My grandpa at his bar in the basement. Fyi, some of the items in the background were full of liquor. #Collector
Thank you to #EVERYONE
🎵 Loving you
Is some kind of wonderful
Because you’ve shown me
Just how much you care
You’ve given me the thrill of a lifetime
And made me believe you’ve got more thrills to spare, oh
Everlasting Love ~ Natalie Cole