Friday, May 13, 2011

Farewell...

I don't normally post personal things on this blog, but I couldn't resist sharing this photo of my grandmother, taken in the 1930's. Isn't she just darling!?! My grandma passed yesterday morning, one week after her diagnosis of lymphoma.


Dear Grandma,

Farewell to you!

The Earth was a better and more beautiful place while you were here.

I will miss you until the day I die.

Thank you for being a fantastic Grandma and a sweet friend.

Thank you for inspiring me with your creativity, your beautiful paintings, your crafts, and jewelry making. I loved visiting you in the jewelry store you owned for a while. I remember pestering you for a doll until you gave it to me, even though my mom was mad at me for pestering you for something you could have sold in your store.

As a child, I loved to look at your beautiful hands, fingernails perfectly polished... just dripping with jewelry. Thanks for always letting me try on your rings as a child. I still like trying them on today.

I had such a glamorous grandma... an Elizabeth Taylor look-alike!

You had such an appreciation for PINK! I loved visiting you when you lived in your pink house on the highway. I loved all your pink dishes, decorations, linens, jewelry, and clothing! I also LOVED your white flocked Christmas tree with PINK ornaments!

The other thing I loved about coming to your house, besides seeing you, was all the candy dishes! They were everywhere, just full of all sorts of candy including powdered sugar dusted black licorice mints and rice candy with the papers that would melt in your mouth!

Thank you for the flowers from your yard you have given me that I have planted in my own yard over the years. Every time they bloom I think of you.

Thank you for loving me, my husband, and my kids. Thank you for making Christmases fun over the years with your imaginative gifts! Thank you for the handmade crocheted blankets for each of my babies, and for the knitted robot for Con. I know knitting that gave you a headache. He will treasure it forever!

Thank you for taking care of your mother, my Nana, when she was old and unable to care for herself.

Thank you for teaching my mom how to cook. We have all benefited from that! My husband and I make a roast the same way you taught my mom to make it. We sear it first in a super hot oven.

Thank you for your kindness to your pets, your family, and to others.

Your gifts and talents have passed down through the generations, and are alive still. Your legacy lives on in each one of your descendants. My baby has the same mouth as you. What a treat for me to look at!

Thank you for your example.

Thank you for being you.

Rest In Peace Grandma.

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always.
Forever and always,
MY grandma you'll be.

6 comments:

pamela said...

So very sorry for your loss.Grandmothers are what hold us together and teach us things that hopefully we will pass on.Its a very beautiful tribute to her.

Brad Kami and kids said...

What a beautiful tribute to your grandmother.

Jen said...

Risa, I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. Grandmother's are very special and the relationship between a granddaughter and grandmother is like no other. I am sure she'll be near you. Consider yourself hugged.

Laurel said...

Dear Risa, I am so sorry for the sudden loss of your grandmother. I didn't know until Monday morning. I was sewing on some pink fabric this morning with pink thread and you and your grandmother have been in my thoughts. She sounds so special. Love you. Laurel

Rita said...

your grandma sounds like a wonderful and sweet "lady." how blessed you were to have her in your life. now you can carry her with you in your every day. keep her safe in your memories.

Megs said...

Risa, I am so sorry to hear about your grandma's passing. We truly are blessed to have our grandmother's in our lives. She sounded like a fun amazing lady. Love you lots. My prayers are with you. Megan

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