January 2, 2010

Thank you! And sadness...


Thanks for all the comments on the previous post! It's a good reminder to be respectful of others. It is so important to be respectful out in the world. The topic has come up a lot lately. Maybe it's the season? The push to be generous turns into just a push? I am remembering to be respectful to others.

Our family had some sad news earlier this week. My grandmother passed away at the age or 91. She had a full life but was ill. It wasn't unexpected but it sure was sad. We were not on the best of terms at the time of her passing. I knew time was short and had tried to reach out to her. She was a flawed and beautiful person. I am taking time to think about what lessons I was to learn from our time together, good and bad. Remembering the great and sad times we had together, I will always be mystified by how things changed and why. She had some really great sayings that also contradicted her own behavior. A favorite of mine was "Shit on should!" meaning, don't let anyone tell you what you "should" be doing. She never did. She traveled the world in her retirement and always had a great story. I think we helped to show her the humor in life. She lived through the great depression, scarlet fever, a parents suicide, a dear brothers passing and an abusive marriage. I can see where her pain came from. I can sympathize. I will miss her.

6 comments:

EmandaJ said...

Dear Gaea, I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

Emanda

Chrissy said...

I am sorry for your loss... Keep her memory alive in your heart...

sasha and max said...

She sounds like a fascinating lady full of character, who will be remembered for a long while to come - I am very sorry for your loss. Vicki

Janet said...

I think of your Grandmother by what youve said...spilling with much to be remembered. Im sad for you that shes gone now...I still miss my Grandmother! In this tapestry of some golden and some burlap woven in times and minutes its all so wonderously like a song...a beautiful Song! My condolences to you Gaea....xx

Marsha Neal Studio said...

So sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing... From what you wrote about her, it sounds like she was that great kind of person to not settle for anything other than what she had her mind set on. A strong lady for sure!!! I know she will live on inside you and others she touched in life...
With much love and a cyber hug,
~Marsha

Gaea said...

She was an unusual woman. We've been reminiscing about her all week and mostly having a good laugh. Remind me to tell you about the time we took a vacation together and at a rest room break she emerged from the restroom with the worlds longest strip of T.P. stuck to her shoe. We had the best laugh about that for ages! Ooops! I guess I just did!