Back Row Left to Right: Grandma Lila, Aunt Dottie, Aunt Ann, Aunt Selena, Uncle Pete, Family Friend
Front Row Left to Right: Unlce Curtis, Family Friend
Yesterday evening, In the newly opened Neely’s BBQ Parlor, My grandmother and I sat ,ate, laughed and reminisced as we celebrated her birthday a day early. We often get to share a good ol' chit chat over a hot cooked meal but typically one she has prepared for Sunday Dinner. Never without accessories and with no garment misplaced, she came dressed for the occasion in a light grey cowl neck sweater paired with dark crisp denim jeans and a blazer. An outfit that was no fuss and all chic at the same time. No surprise to me as I have always known my Grandma Lila ( as my siblings and I call her) to be quite the trendsetter. One of my earliest memories were of her making weekend family visits to Brooklyn. She would saunter into our apartment with the fragrance of White Linen following directly behind her and leaving a lovely presence when she left. Draped in threads that seemed royal like, neighbors off course looked on. In amazement and awe I also gawked as she carried herself with such grace. It was a model of inspiration that I often now mimic as I have grown into womanhood. In present day she continues to be a great example of how a lady should carry herself in the world and I am forever grateful for all of the life lessons she has shared. So on her special day I not only want to wish her a happy birthday but I'd like to celebrate her positive influence. Happy Birthday Grandma Lila! Thank you for all that you do and all that you'll continue to do. Your work never goes unnoticed. I love you!
* Grandma Lila pictured above in the polka dot sweater.