An email from my grandmother…

HI KATE

LOVED YOUR PICTURES FOR LEVI. YOUR INTERVIEW ALWAYS IS WAY TOO FLATTERING OF THE GRANDMOTHER. BUT THANKS FOR THE PRESS. YOU ARE A BIT TOO SKINNY IF THOSE PICTURES ARE NOT AIR-BRUSHED. I WORRY YOU ARE NOT EATING YOUR TEN BOWLS OF CEREAL EACH DAY.

I’M GOING TO BE IN NEW YORK IN NOV. STAYING WITH PAT J. IN CONN. WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU AND BROTHER JOE ON MONDAY THE 5TH FOR DINNER. I WILL BE COMING BACK FROM PHILADELPHIA ON THE TRAIN AS I AM GOING DOWN TO SEE THE BARNES COLLECTION ON SUNDAY. HOPE TO BE BACK IN NEW YORK ABOUT 5 OCLOCK ON MONDAY THE 5TH. HOPE THAT WORKS FOR YOU. WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOUR APT BUT I KNOW YOU ARE BUSY. HAVE THEATER TICKETS FOR “BOOK OF MORMONS” AND THE IRISH REPERTORY ON 22ND ST. DURING THE WEEK. ALSO THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY EXHIBIT ON THE WESTSIDE RE: N.Y. DURING WORLD WAR 2. ALSO THE MET’S WARHOL EXHIBIT. ALSO GOING DOWN TO ELLIS ISLAND TO LOOK UP THE LOUSY IRISH RELATIVES. I HAVE NOT BEEN THERE SINCE IT WAS RENOVATED.

ANYWAY WILL BE ANXIOUS TO SEE YOU.

TWO WORDS ALWAYS,

RITA M.

(photo: grandma rita snapped in rowayton by Lilly Dong)

44 comments on “An email from my grandmother…

  1. Amber

    Best line: ALSO GOING DOWN TO ELLIS ISLAND TO LOOK UP THE LOUSY IRISH RELATIVES.
    This makes me super miss my NaNa, who also sent charming and to-the-point emails. You’re so lucky!

  2. lori christensen

    Everything about this post made me smile…even though I don’t know Ms. Rita. I love her spunk, her tenacity to take the train, hit the theaters, exhibits and pay respects to the ‘lousy relative.’

    I will be thinking of her and her visit all day…and smiling.

    Thank you for this. And, if you will, please give her a hug from CA for me when you see her on the 5th.

  3. A Girl, A Style

    Oh Katie (and Rita), this just made me smile out loud! I absolutely adore your obvious love for your grandmother, and how wonderfully chic and cultured she appears to be (what a wonderful role model to have in your life)

    Thank you for sharing this little snippet of joy!

    Briony xx

  4. rebecca

    ,,,what a charming email from your grandmother, not too mention she is quite the social butterfly! cheers to grandparents who love their grandchildren and set the bar really high!,,,

  5. Ali

    How lucky you are to have a fabulous grandmother. I really never had a relationship with either of mine. Relish every moment.

  6. Alice

    This is priceless!
    I don’t even know where to begin. The 10 bowls of cereal, the lousy Irish relatives…
    Your grandmother definitely is too hilarious for words! This e-mail is straightforward and to the point but really gives off a feeling of care and affection. Katie, you are such a lucky ducky to have such a cool sounding grandmother!
    Here’s to cracking up at such a funny e-mail and to amazing grandmothers the world over :)

    When you see your darling grandmother, please do give her a hug (or two or three or more) from all of your blog readers. She deserves them for her spunk!

    ~Alice
    Ainfinitaire

  7. Kaitlyn

    There is a special bond between a girl and her grandmother. Some of my favorite travel memories are with her, and she will always be my favorite pen pal.

  8. Katie Armour Post author

    Thank you for all your sweet comments! I wish you could all meet Rita — she’s every bit as fun and wonderful as her email suggests. I suppose I should tell her I published this…

  9. lorraine Smith

    ….and how fortunate am I that she’s been in my life since we were in the 3rd grade together….ooooh the adventures we’ve had….and she’s been my pal through ” thick and thin” and in between….needless to say, I love her dearly and treasure our friendship!! XXOO to you, dear Katie……and EAT!!!

  10. Sarah

    lucky lucky girl. I have emails from my Nana saved. She passed away about 7 years ago. A fun lady like your own. Enjoy every second with her. xx

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