A 92-year-old grandmother (soon to be 93) who sent her grandkids in school $20 and a handwritten note every week is drawing the practice to a close. Her 12th grandchild graduates from college this week.
“As they say, you start something, you finish it,” Mary LaCava told WBZ-TV in Boston.
Some of her grandchildren saved the money, others spent it right away, but they all say the handwritten notes made their days. Among the LaCavas, the notes are affectionately called “nanagrams.” They even came on custom stationery with that name at the top.
“It was really nice being 18, being away from home for the first time, and having a weekly hello,” said Lauren LaCava, “They even came when I was in London.”
“When the first one went, I figured she could use it. So I just sent her a small note with a $20 bill, and that started it. To me it was just something, not that I had to do, but I would never miss,” said Mary.
She isn’t exactly sure how much money she’s mailed out over the years, but it would run her about $1,000 per grandchild per year. Multiply that by four and again by 12, and you have her spending nearly $50,000 as her grandkids got through four years of college.
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