Wednesday, May 4, 2011

This is not goodbye

I am a blogger and a blog reader. I run out of hours in my day because there are so many talented, funny, genuine writers out there. One blog on my list?

I noticed recently that Fadra has a special Sunday feature: Stream of Consciousness Sunday. I love this idea.

    5 minutes only.
                Just write.
                     No editing afterwards.
                                 Publish and link up.

I will try my best to link up on Sunday, but this post couldn't wait. So 5 minutes... here we go.

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Mom, Amelia, Grandma, & Me

Grandma lived 99 years, and 4 months.
Anyone who knew her was blessed to have her in their life.

This morning, we began the process of saying goodbye. We feel sad that we lost such an amazing presence on earth, but we rejoice that she is at peace. She is finally back with her dear husband and living in paradise.

Grandmas are awesome. Who else but a grandma can have toys readily available at every visit? Who else but a grandma can cook an amazing homemade dinner to make all our bellies happy? Who else but a grandma can spoil a kid rotten and everyone, even the parents, love every minute of it?

I'm glad Amelia met my grandma. They only met a couple times, but Grandma followed nearly every day of Amelia's life via photos and videos. Her eyes lit up when she glanced at Amelia's school photo. She sat quietly, grinning, when she watched Amelia play. She marveled at the plate of food a not-yet-three-year-old Amelia devoured at Thanksgiving. Amelia enriched the final few years of Grandma's life, just as she made my entire life special.

Summertime visits are still alive in my mind. Fresh baked cookies awaiting our arrival. Gut-busting country breakfasts complete with bacon and  sausage. A chair in the living room where I would spend time rocking and spinning. Walks to the nearby farmer's market for some fresh apples and a sample of cherry pie.

Thanks, Grandma, for all of that. We are happy because we know you ware watching us from Heaven, hand in hand with the husband you have missed so much.

And thank you Mom, for being an incredible grandma to Amelia. She is going to remember her lifetime of memories with you. This is your first round as a grandma, and you already have the job nailed.

I am lucky.
Amelia is lucky.
Our family is so blessed.

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Try SOC Sunday for yourself!
Visit for the simple rules, then link up on Sunday!


Samantha said...Best Blogger Tips

I totally relate to this post. My grandmother passed away Easter Sunday at 92. I felt so lucky that Roxy was able to visit with her and my grandmother loved those visits so much!

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Amber Page Writes said...Best Blogger Tips


So sorry for your loss.

all.things.fadra said...Best Blogger Tips

This gave me serious chills. Especially reading it on a Mother's Day morning. You are so so so lucky to have had your grandma for so long. Mine passed away when she was only 61 but I still treasure all the memories I had with her.

It's amazing because when my estranged grandmother on my father's side (I hadn't seen her in decades) found out I had a son, she asked for pictures. When she got them, she just marveled at them and sent a very large check as congratulations. She passed away a short time later at the age of 96 (I think). Even though she was never a true grandmother to me, it makes me happy to know that my son brought her some joy.

Thanks for linking up!

Jenn Marie said...Best Blogger Tips

O I am so sorry to hear about your loss - Grandma's are amazing. You are so lucky to have had her for so long - I can only hope to see 99!

I pray this mother's day brings you and your family peace in knowing that it means that much more, that you celebrate her life today, more than ever.

heidi said...Best Blogger Tips

I am sorry for your loss. :-( I'm not all that close to the last of my living grandmother's so I envy you your relationship.

THE SARCASM GODDESS said...Best Blogger Tips

I'm sorry about your loss. Grandmas are truly special people. You did a beautiful job capturing your relationship.

mjdresselbooks said...Best Blogger Tips

Losing a grandma is awful. I lost mine many, many years ago and still think of her. When I smell her favorite perfume, I see her face. You'll always have your memories, and I'm sorry for your loss.

I will be checking out the link to the blog Stream of Consciousness Sunday. Sounds interesting. Thank you for sharing your post.

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