Banos Familia

A place to gather events, ideas and family...all in one place, while we are far away

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Feliz Cumple

It's Grandmom's (or as she is most recently and affectionately called) GG's birthday today.

While it may seem inconsequential to her, for all of us, it is a day of thanks for her presence in our lives. And what a presence.

All my life, I have been so proud to have her as my grandmother--always the most beautiful, always the most sociable and lovely, always the best-dressed, always knowing how to treasure the important things and leave the rest, always for others. If someone asked me when I was younger who I looked up to, or who I respected, I remember never really having a good answer. Don't know why, perhaps I didn't need one then.

Today, if someone asked me the same question, unequivocably, it would be Grandmom. The older I get, the more I hope that I posess somewhere inside me, (through osmosis or perhaps I was lucky enough to receive some of her DNA), even if it is minute, some of the ephemeralness of who she is.

I want to be like her when I grow up.

I want to be able to have strength in spite of pain and sadness, I want to have grace in spite of anger and frustration. I want to have faith instead of doubt. I want to have a youthful spirit and sense of adventure. I want to have a beautiful life of love, family and friends.

Luckily for me, I need not look further than her to find the way to do it. She's been teaching me for the past 31 years.


Monday, March 26, 2007

GG's Birthday Brunch

We celebrated Grandmom's 80th birthday at Ralph's on the Park. The brunch was delicious and the setting was perfect. We all enjoyed hanging out on the balcony overlooking City Park and having a private room to ourselves. It was particularly nice because Lucy was able to run around all over the place and play with the my little pony and comb and brush set GG brought with her. I don't think the other patrons would have tolerated having their hair brushed by Lucy while they ate.

The menu was excellent:

as was the company

and there were various lovely toasts in honor of Grandmom, the May pole. If you weren't there and want to know more about that story I will fill you in.

Papa George also reminded us all about when Grandmom was voted one of the Best Dressed in New Orleans in 1972. Although it is just one small example of how Grandmom is unbelievable in many ways I really get a kick out of the story becuase in 1972 she also became a grandmother - I don't think there are any other grandmothers out there that have the same claim to fame. Here's the story, it is all true:

Happy Happy Birthday Grandmom! We love you!

Monday, March 19, 2007

The New Horse Has Arrived

Uncle Walker discovered Jade's new colt at 4 a.m. this morning. Aunt Margot and Uncle Walker had been in Thibodaux all weekend and decided to stay just in case the horse was born and sure enough - it was!

We are going to try to take Lucy out to Thibodaux on Sunday to see the colt. I promise to take some pictures.