Saying goodbye is always difficult especially when it comes suddenly and around the holidays. Last Thursday my Mom called to say that my Grandma Garnet (my Fathers Mother) was in the hospital and they did not expect her to make it through the night. Friday afternoon I got the call that she had passed. Tuesday was her funeral. She lived a great life to the age of 89 with 6 children ( my Dad being the youngest) and 14 grandchildren. I feel blessed that my daughter got to know her Great Grandmother. She had just as many family as she had friends at the funeral. Though I wish it wouldn’t have happened right before Christmas, I got the chance to see so many of my cousins and acquaintances that I have not seen in twenty and some thirty years. I have never been comfortable with death and never know what to say. I suppose the reason for that is that I have been very fortunate not to have had to experience this often. My parents are young and healthy along with my Aunts and Uncles and Mothers parents are still around that I get to see often.
My daughter graduated high school early and so we are having a graduation party for her this Saturday. As planning and preparing moves forward for the both of us, my mind is still on my Grandma. What I took away from her funeral though, is the importance of family. Not just the ones you see nearly everyday, but the ones you don’t. Dr. Suess said it best. “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory”.
In celebrating this holiday season, say I love you often, and treat the times like they may be the last. In remembrance of my Grandma I have included a few pictures. The first one was taken one week after my daughter was born. I lost my Grandpa just a few weeks after, but thankfully I was able to get a picture with her, with the both my Grandma Garnet and Grandpa Glenn. The second picture was taken at my high school graduation party and the last picture, though is not very clear, is a photo taken, with myself, my Mom, and both of my Grandmas in the fall of 1995.
Thank you to all of you who have read through this and have come into our lives.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Nicole, Scott and Chase