I've gotten phone calls from my grandmother in which she tells me tidbits like these: She just saw a beautiful rainbow and it reminded her of God's gifts and beauty. She knew the answer to the Final Jeopardy question. She got a phone call from her cousin, or son, or a neighbor. She ate a wonderful pastry.

And all of these things make my 87-year-old grandmother ecstatic. She is so easily pleased that I can't even comprehend it sometimes.

She's a recent widow. She's a two-time cancer patient. She grew up without a mother, after my great-grandmother died during childbirth. Her father abandoned her. She lived through the Great Depression, war, not much income and health woes.

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