One of the most influential people in my life is my grandmother, Amelia Beattie. Or more affectionately known to me as Nanny. It's her birthday today, she's 76. As a girl on Bell Island, Newfoundland (an island within an island, a meta-island?) she was far more interested in running around, fishing and playing with the boys than her slew of sisters. Sure a few years ago she went out on the boats and caught a shark.
Needless to say even with a broken back (an injury from a car accident years ago), my Nan can still lure in quite the catch. To steal a Newfoundland colloquialism, I'm some lucky to belong to her.