Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Giving Thanks: No-Nonsense Nana.

I've been having a hard time of it lately. I think I need to focus on the blessings in my life, instead of the struggles. So, here we go (and rest assured, if you are a positive force in my life, you will get a post, not to worry!).

No-Nonsense Nana.
She is Scott's mom. She is also my mother-in-law. But most of all, she is Max and Cameron's Nana. We nicknamed her "No-Nonsense Nana" a few years ago. Not because she is mean or harsh or any of that, but because she doesn't put up with bad behaviour, and the kids know it and love her for it. Scott is pretty sure that in Cam's mind, Nana is ahead of him in the pecking order. Max knows when she tells him to wash his hands she means it (but he also knows if he asks for a cookie she will give him one). And when Cam goes to Nana and Bumpa's for a sleepover, I can rest assured that Nana will keep her until the very end of the weekend, because they are both having so much fun they just forget where the time goes.

Scott and I have been together for almost 12 years now. That means that I have also known Lorraine for that long - which, mind boggling as this is, equals over a third of my life. She has seen me through ups and downs, heard me complain about her son (and the other way around I'm sure), and over time, she has become my friend. I can tell when she is having a hard day, and she most certainly knows when I am having one. She helps me with laundry, poopy diapers, and most of all, she has been there for the most challenging days. Some weeks the dark days outnumber the "easy" days (I'm guessing what we define as "easy" is really still pretty tough by most other's standards). But she keeps coming back, no matter what.

Thank you No-Nonsense Nana. I am lucky to have you in my life.


  1. Yay for No-Nonsense Nana!

  2. Anonymous1:36 a.m.

    When I found out that Katrina was having a girl, my mom was the first person I told because I knew she always wanted to have a daughter. We both cried tears of joy over the phone when I told her the news.

    It's one of the great joys in my life that she survived her cancer scare so that she could be here to see what a sassy and adorable girl Cameron has become.