Happy Friday y’all! I’m excited to be hosting my brother and sister-in-law this weekend in Boston. It’s actually the first time they’ve visited since I moved here 5 years ago (mainly because we meet in Atlanta at least 4-5 times per year) and though it’s winter, we’ve got a fun weekend planned. As with all visitors, I’ll be showing them all that Boston has to offer – walking around the Boston Commons, exploring the North End, perusing shops on Newbury St & Beacon Hill and, of course, eating delicious fresh seafood & Italian!
Remembering my grandfather…my Sido (Arabic for grandfather). Today would have been his 96th birthday. Even though we lost him almost two years ago, there is seriously not a day goes by that I don’t think about him. He was the most loving, generous, family-oriented, hard working man I know. A Purple Heart recipient during WWII and a very skilled Engineer for Lockheed Martin, he was incredibly proud of his wife, his children, his grandchildren and he always was there to lend us advice – on money, business, school, even relationships. I can’t even put into words how much he meant to me and how many valuable life lessons I learned from him. The world is, without a doubt, a better place because he was in it. I know he would be proud that I am now happily married to an outstanding man (who he met and “approved” of haha), that I’m following my dreams of travel (his passion also) and that I am working hard on my career (although I know he would want me to move back to Atlanta to be closer to family…one day!). In honor of him I’m baking his favorite- German chocolate cake. I made this for him on countless birthdays and, in fact, the last words I said to him in person were “get better soon so you can eat the homemade German chocolate cake I’m making you for your birthday”. Though he never made it to eat the cake, I will eat a piece today in his honor. Love and miss you, Sido!
This Week on South End Style: