This week I decided to pick a "Superhero" from my own life. This week's "Superhero" is named Julia. I've known Julia for about 30 years now (and I'm 34). Julia and my mother worked for the same factory many years ago. As fate would have it, Julia and my mother had their boys on the same day. Having boys that share a birthday has kept Julia and my mom connected over the years. Even after we moved from Nebraska, I remember my mom checking in with Julia when we went back for visits.
In 2003, my Grandma Mizell was diagnosed with cancer. While this diagnosis was hard for the entire family, it was really hard on my mother (Mary). Mom was in New York and Grandma was in Nebraska. Initially, Mom spent some time in Nebraska. Then she got Grandma talked into going to New York. Grandma spent the winter in New York, but wanted to return home in the spring.
Julia was so much help to my grandmother that it was a running joke in the family that she was Grandma's "other Mary". In fact, it was with Julia's help we were able to pull off a surprise 88th birthday party for my grandmother. Julia told Grandma that she was going to take her out to eat for her birthday. Julia just didn't tell her it was out to the common room in her apartments. It was the best surprise ever! We could hear Grandma tell Julia there must be something going on out in the common room. Grandma kept walking by until she realized that all the people sitting there were people she knew! She had the best look on her face! Julia also arranged to have the surprise party filmed so we could enjoy the party again and again!
|Grandma's Surprised Look with Julia by Her Side|
|Julia, Grandma, and Mary (Mom)|