Thursday, April 26, 2012

Saying Goodbye

I received the call early this morning. My grandmother, my last living grandparent passed away in her sleep this morning.
She had been losing strength for a couple of years but was so strong, 96 years strong.
I am glad to have gotten back home with B, even if he won't remember, I have the pictures of him and his great grandma together. She was so happy to have him sit with her. She would keep his picture in her room and always ask and tell people about his personality.

She was not sick, it was just her time.

I think the sweetest thing in the world was that she waited for my grandpa's birthday to pass.
Like she was going to surprise him or something...

I really would love to be back home with my family to gather for this last look back at her life.
I grew up with my grandparents just a few houses away.
I remember the days of strawberry pickin in her prized garden, sitting under the gumball trees on a hot summers day, she wasn't much for air conditioning. The big family gatherings always in grandma's backyard. The cakes, the cookies and pies. The crochet blankets, handmade toys and quilts we were always surprised with as children. Riding my bike down her hill after it had been freshly rocked for the summer and crashing. Her running to my rescue with antiseptic spray and band aids. She loved watching basketball and baseball. A game was always on. But I think what I loved the most was that old hi-fi playing the AM stations, of 40s music and news updates....or listening to a baseball game crackling over the speakers.
Things that just made time standstill. A flood of memories from my childhood come rushing back. Really making me think, wow, I can't believe the years have flown by.
Goodbye Grandma

17 comments:

Sue said...

What a great post Amy, although bittersweet. I think it is so good that your son had a chance to meet his great-grandma!! My Mom died two days after Riley was born so she never got a chance to meet her. She did get to meet my Dad, although she won't remember because she was so young. But I have a picture of them together. Your post is beautiful Amy!

Take care,
Sue

Gail Thayer said...

Amy,
I'm crying hot tears for you right now...so very sorry!

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Oh Amy,
I am so sorry to hear about your sweet grandmother!!! I'm sending you lots of hugs and prayers dear friend!!!
Sincerely,
Melinda

Irma@CosasBellas said...

What wonderful memories you shared with your grandmother.
My grandmother was so special to me, she raised me so we had a tight bond.
I miss her so much. It is the memories of their love that will live in our hearts forever.

Blessings to you Amy,
Irma

NuminosityBeads said...

Oh wow, what a lady, what a loss.
My grandmother still visits me in my dreams and she's about 8 feet tall, I think I'm still remembering her from my little girl perspective. How lucky you were to have her around so long and show off your baby boy to her.
Those cherished memories are so full of her soul and always will be.
96 is a good long life. I'm glad she passed without much suffering.
best to you today, Amy.
xoxo Kim

Susan said...

I'm so sorry, Amy. Just listening to your beautiful memories with your grandmother warms my heart. Grandmothers are one of the best parts of childhood. She'll always love you. My prayers are with you,
Susan

Blessed Serendipity said...

I am sorry for your loss. It is never easy to say goodbye to someone we love. It sounds like you have lots of good memories with her. How very special. Sending hugs and sympathy.

Danielle

Vintage Market Place said...

I want to thank all of you for your lovely comments and thoughts and prayers.
She lived a very long healthy life we were prepared for her passing, it was no surprise.
Amy

rkbsnana said...

Sorry for your loss. I know how important grandmothers are. My grandma always said grandpa would go all over heaven visiting with all their friends who had passed on but every now and then he would go to the pearly gates to look for her arrival.
And then she was there and we took comfort in that.

Patrick said...

That was so heartwarming. So nice to read and really see into your childhood. Great memories to share with Brooklyn and to hold in your heart.

Rhonda said...

Well, you know I've been busy at work, I just now saw this post. I am so very sorry for your loss. You are so right, she lived a great old age.
Wow, 96 and look at her, she felt good, you can tell!

She is with your grandfather and they are together once again, how sweet.

xo Rhonda

Julie said...

What a lovely post about your Grandma and what wonderful memories you have of her. Thats a great photo of her and your lovely son. Gosh what a fine looking lady she was. I hope your special memories bring you much joy as you come to terms with her passing Amy. She sounds like an amazing person!! Heartfelt wishes, Julie x x

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Amy, I am so, so sorry. Sending (((hugs))) and prayers your way. My 92 year old grandmother is ill right ow with C-Diff, and I am so concerned. I will be gong to help out with her tomorrow.

xo,
RJ

Mary Beth Heishman said...

I just popped onto blogger and saw your heartfelt post. I am so sorry Amy. What a wonderful woman and I am happy she got to meet Your son :). She had a wonderful life from your descriptions... I have no doubt that she was extremely proud of you. Big hugs! MB

Petite Michelle Louise said...

what beautiful memories and how lucky that you had her in your life for so long. the picture of her with B is precious and i am sure will be amongst your most favorites as well. thoughts and prayers are with you as you mend your hearts and celebrate her life.

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh what a beautiful post about your grandma, sweetie. I am so emotional right now and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kisses

Janiepip said...

Oh I was so moved by your piece on your great grandmother. I never knew any of my grand parents, but keep hold of your wonderful memories and God bless xx