My grandmother is one of the strongest and most inspirational women I know. She turned 90 last week and had a big birthday bash in Ballard. She’s always the life of the party with a great laugh. Can you tell we’re related? (From the left, my mom, me, my sister, Janie, Tootie, and my sister, Katie, who’s getting married next weekend!!!)
When I was little, I couldn’t say Lola Ruthie and somehow I said Tootie, like Tutti Frutti. I think my personality is most like Tootie’s! My mom went back to work when my little sister, Katie went to Kindergarten so Tootie would come over before and after school, to take care of us, while my parents were at work. She was a social worker and a music teacher before retiring early to take care of me and my sisters! Not only is she a wonderful grandmother, vivacious and lovable, she has a huge family and soo many friends. There were nearly 60 people at her birthday party! We all love Tootie so much! It’s so wonderful to celebrate her!