Sunday, May 15, 2011

Granny

What a dark month it has been here on the Witch’s Island. The weather has been cold and miserable and it hasn’t stopped raining for days! Then, last week, my grandmother passed away. She was 96 years old and had been living in a nursing home for the past 5 years but I was still caught off guard when she died.

Granny would always cook a goose for Dad when he came to visit.
Granny would always cook a goose for Dad when he came to visit.

My grandmother and I had a special bond but it wasn’t until recently that I realized just how much she had influenced my life. I learned many, many things from her. She taught me how to bake bread and cookies, how to make preserves and pickles (especially Mustard Pickles!), how to knit and make afghans and how to live frugally.

The cottage was a source of great memories like this. Here Granny and Grampy are celebrating his 80th birthday.
The cottage was a source of great memories like this. Here Granny and Grampy are celebrating his 80th birthday.

Vera was a strong, independent, hard working, intelligent, loving woman who spent her life taking care of her family. That was what made her happy. She greatly missed Grampy, who passed away 12 years ago, and my Dad who has been gone for 6 years. Hopefully, she has found them somewhere now and they are sitting around eating lobsters and teasing her.

My Grandmother Vera, she was a wonderful woman, I'm going to miss her.
My Grandmother Vera, she was a wonderful woman, I'm going to miss her.

I am going to miss her very much but I know that she will be forever in my heart, today and every day.

11 comments:

Canadian Saver said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Granny :-) My condolences on your loss {{{hugs}}}

Jolie said...

Oh I am so sorry for your loss. I can see what a big part of your life and the developement of YOU, she was. I still think of my gram all the time and she's been gone 12 years now.

Sara said...

Aw I will definitely say a prayer for your Grandma, she seemed (and looked!) like such a happy, wonderful person. I'm sure she is looking down on you from heaven!

Prayers and love your way.

(And some sunshine!)

Marguerite said...

I'm very sorry to hear about your grandmother. She looks like such a fun person in her photos. You obviously loved her a great deal and it's so nice to hear the many wonderful memories you have of her.

Suz said...

grandmothers...
sorry for your loss
but you are right
she is somewhere
with them surrounded
by love

its me, sam said...

I'm so sorry to read about your loss. She looked like she lived and loved well! Cherish the memories!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. You've written a lovely tribute to an amazing woman who had such an influence on you and helped to mold you into the person you are today--I hope you find comfort in your memories of her and in knowing that a part of her lives on in you...

Jane said...

Your gran has a wonderfully kind and warm face - I can just tell she was a dear person.! Grandparents are such a huge part of our lives though we don't usually realize it til later on. I had only 1 grandparent alive during my lifetime - my mom's mom and she just lived a block away from us. I think I spent as much time at her house as I did at my own. She died 25 years ago and I still miss her.
Thinking of you!

Connie in Japan said...

I'm very sorry to read this...and so sorry for your loss. Huge heartfelt hugs to you.

Sisters of the Blog said...

My condolences :0(

I'm glad you were able to have her in your life for as long as you have.

she looks like a remarkable woman.

Megan

cindy said...

Grandmothers are special people who come to us for a short time only to teach life's lessons. Sorry to hear of yours passing, she was a great influence on you as many are. You have many of her talents to pass on now. Memories hold on forever