Aug 20, 2006

Grandma Chichi, Gertrudis Varon de Arosemena




















I wish that everyone I know could have had the pleasure of meeting my Grandma Chichi. I know that if you know me you have heard me talk about her. She is by far the most influential person in my life. She is the foundation of who I am today as an adult, as a citizen of the world.

Today I finally started my daily writings about Grandma Chichi. My plan is to write, write, write, get some volume going and then go back and edit and try to order, add recipes, perhaps some poems, pictures. I want the book of stories, of essays about my Grandma Chichi to be organic. I dont want to have a defined idea, I want the form to take shape as I go along and fill in the content.

Grandma Chichi was classy, sophisticated, smart, kind, caring, compassionate, concerned about people, animals, her roses, Jaquie Onassis, the world at large.

I knew my Grandma longer than I did my Mother. I was born in 1958, Mom died in 1974, and Grandma Chichi died in 1987. I had my wisdom teeth pulled the day I found out my Grandma died. I will never forget the phone call and the hole in my heart.

I have so many stories to tell you, so many of her amazing recipes to share, and funnies, she was a fun, fun Grandma. God took care of me when he put me in the hands of such an amazing woman after my Mom died. Stay Tuned......