Today is my Grandma’s birthday, she would have been 85 years old. We miss her so much. My Grandma, Charlotte, was born in New York City and lived there her entire life. My Grandma’s parents both came alone in their early teens on a boat from Russia. My Great Grandpa had his own photography studio in New York, taking after his Dad who was a photographer in Russia. I proudly come from a long line of photographers. My Grandma was an extremely popular woman, as we could not go anywhere in the Upper West Side, let alone the entire city, without bumping into a friend. She was extremely welcoming, thoughtful, and cheerful.
Although my Grandma is no longer here, her memories and heart will always be with us. It was a great time in life when my Aunt and cousins would meet us at Grandma and Grandpa’s apartment. My cousin and I would sneak into comedy clubs, bring ice cream into the movies, and drink hot chocolate at the local book store. I miss our pizza excursions, going to the Macy’s Day Parade followed by Chinese food for Thanksgiving dinner, and really just being in the same room as my Grandma.
With all of this said, I only have a little footage of my Grandparents towards the end of their life and I wish I started recording sooner. Despite if it seems trivial or your family doesn’t like the camera, at the least sneak a few shots. This kind of footage is priceless.