Wednesday, August 19, 2009

YaYa

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This is my grandmother. The kids call her YaYa, which I think might be Greek for "grandma," though we aren't Greek. YaYa is 82 years old today and just as fiesty as ever. She is hip on all the fashion trends, and she wears animal prints, purples, and kelly greens. She shops like a mad woman and loves high heels, wedge heels in particular, which she calls "wedgies," despite my repeated attempts to tell her that it means something completely different. YaYa also is on email, Facebook, MySpace, and she Twitters. I don't even Twitter. Oh, yeah, she also has a blog, which she calls "Sprite Lady."

This got me thinking about the ways we connect and the many relationships {professional or otherwise} that have been created through social media alone. I find myself talking about "my friend who has a vineyard in Napa" or "my friend who lives in Fresno" and then I realize that I have to say, "Well, she's my internet friend, you see I haven't actually met her." Then I saw this video and realized this is the way our world is turning.




Finally, I have a few random images from my parent's beautiful yard, where I took Ya Ya's picture. Their pomegranate tree...
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...and the fountain in their front yard.
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So, I am off to make a cake... Happy 82nd Birthday, YaYa!!!! Love you!!!

19 comments:

Jewllori by Lori said...

Wow, she sounds as amazing as she looks! Happy Birthday YaYa!

Anonymous said...

82??? I hope I look that good at that age!

Jenni said...

YaYa is beautiful! She is like a little fire cracker! Love that she even twitters! Heehee!

Funny how internet friendships are formed and how they really do feel like a real friendship! I feel like I know so much about you and I have never met you!

Here's to modern technology...and great shoes!

Andrea Hallett said...

I love Ya Ya.

Andrea Hallett said...

I love Ya Ya.

Andrea Hallett said...

Why did that post twice? Hmmmmmm. I must really love her.

sarasophia said...

"I have this friend Jessica, who makes baby shoes and....."


Said this week during a conversation with my mum<3

Jessica Haley said...

Sara,
"I have this friend who home-schools ALL 4 of her children" ... it is 4, right? Courage, bravery and a little bit of madness! I can't imagine!

Jessica Haley said...

Thanks, everybody! YaYa's loving the comments :)

Anonymous said...

Wow Ya YA is something else!!!!Man oh man, hope i am as young and enthusiatic when I am 82!!!!!!
I am her daughter, Jess is her grandaughter.
Maybe we got lucky and got her genes!!!!!!
Guess who??????????????

Miraflor family said...

wow, what an incredible post and video!

My husband communicates with our 300+ youth group through Twitter and the thousands of young people that he is over reginonally through facebook. Powerful tools right there...

Happy birthday to YaYa! She looks incredible! :)

Miraflor family said...

PS...LOVE the "wedgie" comment. AWESOME!! @ 82, I think she deserves to call them whatever she wants.. :)

Tory said...

YaYa is amazing! How is it that she's 82 again? I don't see any wrinkles...she looks better than I do!! YaYa needs to write about her skin care regimen on her blog. I will be an avid follower. I love your posts, Jess. You're so charming!

Tory said...

P.S. I have a surprise for you, by the way--I will send you a link soon!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wonderful and beautiful picture of YaYa. Not bad for "Miss Photo Flash" of 1948. It sounds so cute when your kids call her YaYa. She is so full of "joie de vie". She loves all of us with such intensity and enthusiasm. When I think of YaYa I think of love that knows no bounds and energy to make a steanroller blush. She is a wonder and we thank God for her.

Jenny Plumb said...

Go YaYa! Wow! She looks amazing too! Does she blog about her secrets for staying so wonderful? :-)
Ya, I talk about my friend, Jessica, in Houston as well. And you know what's strange? I have been as encouraged and sharpened and found enjoyment in our friendship just as much (or more) than many of my "face to face" friends. Thanks, Jessica for your friendship.
PS. That was an amazing video you found by the way.

Megan said...

i hope i am as fashion forward at 82 as she is! love the jewlery YaYa :) and happy birthday to you!

Ariana said...

Happy Birthday Yaya! Love your new shoes, Jessica, my internet buddy:)

Mande said...

Happy Birthday to YaYa!

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