31 October 2007

Happy Birthday Grandma

Today is my grandmother's 80th Birthday. Azile Allen is still pretty spry for 80. She's accomplished a lot -- working at General Electric for over 30 years, a union organizer and secretary, raising two daughters and having a pretty big hand in raising four grandchildren, and lots of stuff I no doubt don't know about.

We were at a birthday dinner in her honor on Saturday in Conway. Like I said there, my grandmother embodies so much of what it means to be a good person -- hard working, patient, kind, smart, insightful, a person of deep faith who is never overbearing, and appropriately reserved. One of the things I admire is her timing. She doesn't talk just to hear herself speak and does not step into things unless she knows she's needed and it's important for her to do so.

Happy Birthday, Grandma! We love you!

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