I really need to get a new picture of Grandma. It seems like I keep using the same ones that include trips to Arkansas. Those do seem to be the best opportunities because Grandma will be dressed up ready to take a picture. Of course I could just make a road trip to KC and get on on church Sunday. Coulda woulda shoulda. Anyway...let me get to the reason why Grandma even made this week's entry in the first place...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GRANDMA!
I couldn't tell you how old Grandma is because 1) I'm not entirely certain. And 2) would that really be any of your business? Although to be fair, I never have understood why some women are touchy about giving out their ages. I have noticed when they get to a certain point it's not a big deal anymore. It's almost a badge of honor at that point. I'm pretty sure Grandma has reached that stage.
Auntie Linda came up with the idea of having as many family members as possible send Grandma a card for her birthday. I'm normally not one to get into the whole card thing, but it sounded like a good idea. Even though I kept thinking that Grandma probably gets a lot of cards on her birthday anyway just because of what a beautiful soul she is. But it had been a LONG time since she got one for me so I was in.
So I was going to mail the card when I realized I didn't have her zip code. I did a quick search on Google to find it. I put in their exact address so it popped right up. That's when I was reminded of a feature I keep forgetting Google has: Google Maps. By clicking on their address, I also brought up the satellite photo of Popoo and Grandma's address. When I clicked on 'street view' it brought up the actual view of Popoo and Grandma's entire neighborhood. It gave me the ability to rotate around in every direction and go up and down the street. That brought a smile to my face just envisioning being there again.
As I'm looking a the photo of Popoo and Grandma's house, I noticed there was something in the front yard. It couldn't have been that tree that they had removed years ago because Google Maps isn't THAT outdated. I zoomed in closer. It was Grandma! I busted out laughing when I saw that. All of the houses up and down that street and the only one with someone outside in the front yard was Grandma's house.
I began imagining how that could have been possible in the first place. Those Google Maps trucks drive rather slow through neighborhoods as they're trying to capture footage for their database. They probably stick out like a sore thumb in neighborhoods like that. Grandma most likely noticed it up the block looking suspicious so went outside to see what it was doing. When she saw there was a camera involved it was something she wasn't expecting so she turned away. Thus, the picture of Grandma out there is her with her back turned as she's facing the house. But I know my Grandma when I see her.
Let it be known that technically Grandma's birthday was yesterday (February 11th). What's even worse is this post is backdated so by the time this got posted her birthday was actually a couple of days past. I have always been terrible with those February birthdays though because there a few of them all clumped together. At least I got it within a week so I'm doing good. And at least she got a card from me so that's even better.