My grandmother was fancy. I think that's where Rowan gets it. Rowan and Mimi would have gotten along smashingly well (interesting thought, as Rowan's middle name comes from her). There were 5 girl cousins on my Mom's side, and when we were younger my grandmother would buy us matching dresses. The first time this occurred (to my knowledge) was Christmas of '81. Following that Christmas, we got matching Easter dresses every year. This was cool, until we were about 10. Then we suffered through it each year to make our grandmother happy. She loved to see us dressed up, and would throw lavish family feasts a few times a year. The discomfort of being tween/teenagers and wearing matching dresses was quickly dismissed when we saw how it pleased this woman we all loved so much. She defined the word "proper" and was always very put together. She loved parties, she loved travel, she loved beautiful things, but more than that, she loved us and we all knew it. She had a way of making each grandchild feel as though he/she were her favorite.

Mimi passed away 11 years ago this week. I miss her terribly and wish I could sit down for a little chat. I wish I could tell her about my family- show her my children, talk about JT and what he does, tell her of my work as a photographer. I can still hear her laugh, and I miss it. I miss her. And on days like today, where her absence is palpable, I'm grateful for my knowledge that I'll see her again, that we'll be able to have our little chat. That knowledge is more priceless to me than anything I own.

This year, I pulled out those first dresses- the ones from Christmas '81. I put them on my girls- the first time I've ever dressed them in matching outfits- and smiled. My grandmother would get an absolute kick out of this, and that makes me very happy.
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My grandmother was fancy. I think that's where Rowan gets it. Rowan and Mimi would have gotten along smashingly well (interesting thought, as Rowan's middle name comes from her). There were 5 girl cousins on my Mom's side, and when we were younger my grandmother would buy us matching dresses. The first time this occurred (to my knowledge) was Christmas of '81. Following that Christmas, we got matching Easter dresses every year. This was cool, until we were about 10. Then we suffered through it each year to make our grandmother happy. She loved to see us dressed up, and would throw lavish family feasts a few times a year. The discomfort of being tween/teenagers and wearing matching dresses was quickly dismissed when we saw how it pleased this woman we all loved so much. She defined the word "proper" and was always very put together. She loved parties, she loved travel, she loved beautiful things, but more than that, she loved us and we all knew it. She had a way of making each grandchild feel as though he/she were her favorite.

Mimi passed away 11 years ago this week. I miss her terribly and wish I could sit down for a little chat. I wish I could tell her about my family- show her my children, talk about JT and what he does, tell her of my work as a photographer. I can still hear her laugh, and I miss it. I miss her. And on days like today, where her absence is palpable, I'm grateful for my knowledge that I'll see her again, that we'll be able to have our little chat. That knowledge is more priceless to me than anything I own.

This year, I pulled out those first dresses- the ones from Christmas '81. I put them on my girls- the first time I've ever dressed them in matching outfits- and smiled. My grandmother would get an absolute kick out of this, and that makes me very happy.
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Comments
Lindsay Silsby says:

I am pretty sure that Mimi and I would have gotten along smashingly well too! LOVE the matchers!!! SO DARN CUTE!

(01.04.11 @ 12:20 PM)
Stace says:

Absolutely priceless.

(01.04.11 @ 12:29 PM)
aris says:

oh my god rachel, this was such a touching post, i was almost in tears by the time i finished reading it... you are definitely such special girl for the family foundations you have. beautiful story about your "mimi", i'm sure you will see her again one day and she will thank you for doing this today.

hope you have the MOST FANTASTIC year.

cheers
aris

(01.04.11 @ 12:57 PM)
Marni says:

That was such a sweet tribute to Mimi and I too got a little choked up. Such fun cute girls you have.

(01.04.11 @ 04:15 PM)
Karen Bowen says:

I loved your Mimi! I remember thinking she was the most real person I'd ever known and always saw so much of her in your Mother. I did the "dress-alike" thing at Christmas and Easter with my 3 girls and they still give me a hard time about it!

(01.05.11 @ 10:26 AM)
Jen says:

Sweetest thing. Like, ever. Makes me miss my Grandma too.

(01.05.11 @ 12:25 PM)