Picture of my grandmother sitting with her Siamese cat

On this day, a funny, beautiful, mischievous, and intelligent woman was born. She also happened to be the best grandmother anyone could have.

I never had the chance to say goodbye before she passed, and while I know she wouldn’t hold that against me, I still have a hard time forgiving myself 26 years later.

Happy 97th birthday, Grandma. I hope you and Grandpa are proud of your great-grandchildren; I know I am.