My paternal Grandmother, who just celebrated her 88th birthday on Easter Sunday and her 70th wedding anniversary this past December, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday night, August 23rd at 11:00 pm. Our family attended her funeral on Thursday of that same week. Since then my extended family has been scrambling a bit because my Grandma was the primary caregiver for my Grandpa. I wanted to get this post out in memory of her, because she was such a big part of my life. I'm sure her spirit is shining down on the family left to miss her here.
|Grandma & Grandpa's 70th wedding anniversary!|
My Dad (left) and Uncle
|The young couple!!|
In reflecting on her life I've thought a lot about how she spent it. She never traveled very far, never went to see the ocean. I don't recall her doing bake sales or serving on a school board. She might have done volunteer work when my dad and uncle were still young, but I don't know. Grandma didn't work a job that earned a paycheck. What she did was totally invest in the lives of those around her, in particular her family. I spent a lot of time with her as a young girl, she would always take me with her shopping or to the laundromat (before she had a washer and dryer installed at her house). She always kept my favorite snacks in her fridge. I never recall a time of her saying no to my request to spend the night at her house, she always said yes. Grandma had a magical way of having the post office deliver your birthday card on your actual birthday, every time. I always wondered how she pulled that off. She sent us money every year in our anniversary cards and told us to use it to go out for a date to celebrate (a tradition I'm going to have to remember when my own kids get married)...
|Grandma (right) and her sister|
|Grandma and her twin boys|
|Grandma, Grandpa, my Dad and Uncle|
My Dad is an identical twin, and I can't identify him in the above pictures, but my Grandma could. She could always tell them apart in pictures (and argued that they got them switched around in their senior yearbook in high school)! Grandma didn't own a computer or a smartphone but I know she read my blog (I gave her a printed version for Christmas a few years back). She was such a beautiful soul, inside and out, I am so privileged that she loved me so much and I have the honor of calling her my Grandma.
|One of grandma's favorites, she'd say|
"those are my girls"
"We become what we love, and who we love shapes what we become"
~~ St. Clare of Assissi