This one almost didn’t happen as it is very difficult finding a happy moment today, never mind continuing a dumb joke.
Today Jamie and I said goodbye to her grandmother. Grammie Dellorco had a rough few months after undergoing surgery. She has been in and out of the hospital, and this last trip was too much. She was thankfully in little discomfort and surrounded by many loved ones. Those who were fortunate enough to have met Grammie (and she was Grammie to all) knew she was as strong as they come and lived life on her terms. She was the best.
I really didn’t want to bother with this today. It’s a dumb joke on a solemn day. And ending it today would end it. It would go out to the chagrin of few and the relief of many. It’s not worth it.
But maybe today can be a happy day by celebrating the good times as we take the time to honor her. I think that Grammie and I had a great relationship. She would always laugh at my jokes, no matter how dumb. One of my fondest memories is telling Jamie and her family a clunker I heard. “Did you hear about that guy that entered a beer brewing contest? The judges said ‘We regret to inform you that your horse has diabetes.’” Jamie hated it. Others didn’t get it. Grammie laughed her ass off. I will always treasure the times we spent laughing and loving.
So this dumb joke is for Grammie. And with this picture specifically, I hope it reminds us to enjoy our memories, but live and love for today.
And be sure to give Jamie an extra hug and kiss for me.