Sunday, November 23, 2008

Farewell

In September, I told you about my grandmother, with whom I share a birthday. Well, I'm sorry to tell you that on Nov. 13, she died.

Lance, Ting Ting and I made a quick trip home to Tennessee to spend time with family. It was nice to laugh and share stories with people that we see far less often than we would like. And it was wonderful to see the outpouring of love in the little town where my grandmother spent most of her 96 years on this earth.

My grandmother loved visiting with Ting Ting, who charmed and delighted her, and she always requested new stories when I called to chat. Still, I was humbled by the number of people at the visitation who asked my sisters and me (after Ting Ting had left), "now which of you is the mother of the little girl?" Clearly, Ting Ting had been the topic of much happy conversation.

Funerals are always a bittersweet experience. We shed a few tears at the memories revived by old photos (OK, I'll admit, some of those tears were laughter at the sight of me in those glasses, but at least I didn't have that shag haircut, Beth) and retold favorite family stories. We all loved my grandmother and will miss her very much.

But mostly we celebrate our joy in a long life, well-lived.

9 comments:

holly said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.
What a wonderful gift to share your birthday with her!
Also wonderful that she had the opportunity to dote on her great granddaughter as well :)

Holly

Dawn said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Both of my grandmothers are alive but they have yet to accept (and as such not yet met) EmmaLi as a member of my family.

Anonymous said...

Amen!

Kay

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

I am sorry for your loss!

My grandmother passed at 101 yrs before Dori joined the family. I did tell her that if I ever had a daughter that she would be her namesake. My grandma was Doris, hence Dorisa.

Anonymous said...

Please accept my condolences.
I hope your grandmother was able to see/read the special tribute you wrote earlier.
Margaret

Beverly said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I have lost both grandmothers and it still makes me sad. You do have great memories though to keep sharing with TingTing.

A. said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you and your family take comfort in all your wonderful memories of your grandmother.

LazyCrazyMama said...

Very sad. I'm sorry for your loss so close to a holiday. Sweet memories :)

prechrswife said...

I'm sorry for your loss. That was a beautiful post, Susan.