Sending Love to My Oldest Reader: Mother Doretha
This blog is about to be 6 years old, and it’s definitely grown in reach since way back when I was still on Blogspot, back when it was called “Luvvie’s Random Rants” and looked like a cave.
One of the people who’s been with me all along is Mother Doretha Jackson from Mississippi. She’s Genma Holmes’ grandmother, and has been a fan of my blog since at least 2009. Last week, she turned 90 years young. Yes. 90. Mother, as they call her, can’t see very well so she has Genma read her my blog posts whenever I update because they make her laugh.
When Genma first told me about her Grandma, and their ritual of reading my posts, I admit that my thug hit the floor. It was the best compliment I’ve ever gotten, and still is, actually. Seriously. How awesome is that?? The fact that I can make someone smile, no matter what age, makes my heart grin.
I asked Genma how her granny discovered my site. She said:
“I was trying to teach her internet…blogging, twitter, the like. This was before she got sick. I started reading blogs to her and I read yours. Like that she was hooked. When she got ill, I would read her your tweets over the phone. It lifted her spirits and she would roll with laughter. I visit her as much as I can. She is now in a nursing home. People had written her off last summer but God is good. A few days home reading you, she just came back to life. At Christmas of ’11 I read her your blogs and we would hold hands in the hospital laughing…precious. Last summer, she could barely lift her head. Look at her last week, showing out.”
LAWD MY EYES ARE RAINING!!! LOOK AT GOD WORK! I am verklempt all over again. Y’all talk amongst yourselves. *ugly cries*
Hey Mother Doretha. As Genma reads this post to you, know that I think you’re awesome, and I’ve never even met you. I wanted to take the time to send you love because you’ve shown me so much love from afar all these years. I appreciate you so much, for being my wisest reader. I’m so glad you’re now feeling better. Please SHOW OUT whenever you’d like, You looked GOODT on your birthday, ma’am! I loved it. Giving them all the sass in the home. I pray for many more years to come of a full life and good health for you, and may blessings rain on you everyday. And for so many more smiles and laughs for you. Love you!
And to you, Genma. Thank you for introducing my blog to your Granny. She’s a special lady, and grannies are some of the most special folks on this Earth. You rock too for all your support over the years. Including this feature of me, that appeared in over 200 newspapers around the country: The Awesomely Luvvie…Using Social Media to Raise Awareness about HIV and AIDS. You’re an amazing person, and I wanted to say a huge thanks.
You never know who’s reading and who you’ve touched with your words, and Mother Doretha is one person who I’m honored to have reached.
Feel free to send Mother Doretha some love too in the comments! I’m sure she’d get a kick out of them when Genma reads this to her.