I had a fun something to share with you guys today…but I can’t remember what it was.
Today my grandmother passed away. I knew it would happen one day. But I didn’t know it would be today. I was blessed to be with her when she passed.
We were close from the time I was born.
She climbed trees with me. She swam laps with me. She played silly games with me. She traveled across the continental US with me. Hiked in Saskatchewan with me. Stayed in a cabin in the Canadian woods with me. We ran down hills into rivers together. She was almost arrested when she was going to let me pull a slot machine in Vegas when I was only 9. She wore necklaces that blinked and lit up.
She was at my every performance. She encouraged me at every turn. She never hesitated to straighten me out when needed.
She cooked huge meals for whomever wanted to join in…everyone was welcome. She helped people that didn’t deserve to be helped and those that did. She always smiled.
I brought a friend home from college with me for Easter dinner one year. My grandmother had on a lovely white pantsuit….with some kind of crazy socks. She wanted to show us something and when she bent over I noticed through her lovely, crisp, white pants that she was wearing leopard underwear. I said, “MaMa! You have on leopard underwear and white pants!” She replied:
“Of course! It’s Easter!”
I still haven’t quite figured that out…..but it still brings giggles to my heart. She was that kind of grandmother….a leopard underwear, mismatched socks, crazy outfit, out-of-the-box kind of lady. Everyone that met her….loved her. She loved the Lord with all her heart.
Her life was full and with absolutely no regrets. She poured love and never held back.
Behind her name now:
July 11, 1927 – October 16, 2012
The most important part of that is the smallest: the dash. The dash covers it all……and she lived her dash well.
I hope I can carry on that heritage.
I will miss you, MaMa!
I may be missing in action for a few days as I help my family sort and plan. I would be honored for you to keep us in your prayers.