I’ve been away for a few weeks, and last night as I wrote my post for the Mood Sewing Network, it felt very strange to write about sewing again without acknowledging the reason for my absence. I lost my beloved grandmother about a week and a half ago, and while I generally keep personal stuff off this blog, I just feel like she was too much a part of my life to let her passing go without comment. I just want to share some photos and a few things about her to honor her memory, if that’s OK, before diving back into my regular posts.
My parents were very young when I was born, so my grandma was really involved in my childhood, more than most grandparents. I was even lucky enough to spend part of my childhood living next door to her. She was unbelievably energetic, hardworking, and selfless. If something needed to be done, or if she thought it needed to be done, she just did it, regardless of how difficult or unpleasant the task was (don’t get me started on the time Man Friend and I stopped to visit her and found her, well into her 80s, at the top of a rickety ladder cleaning out her gutters!!). She took care of huge gardens and canned and froze tons of vegetables and fruits for the extended family to enjoy (I don’t think I ate a store-bought vegetable until I started eating school lunches!). She drove us all around town, she babysat all the time, and she went to all our school concerts and sports games.
It was a family joke that my grandma never cooked- aside from her holiday jello salads, I don’t think she ever made me anything other than instant oatmeal or Kraft macaroni & cheese. But she and my grandpa were on a first-name basis with every diner waitress in town!
My grandma had a hard life with lots of heartbreak and sorrow, but she was a very strong person and her response to tough situations was also to find a way to be of use to others. You could count on her for anything! She loved music and dancing, and found a lot of joy in those things.
I’m going to miss her so very, very much, but I know that I’m lucky to have had such an amazing woman in my life for so many years. I’m so grateful for all that she’s done for me, and for her example of generous living. I’m grateful for all the great memories I have of her and I’ll never forget her.
I love you, Grandma!