Last night my mom’s mom (known mostly to us as Grandmother) passed away peacefully in her sleep after a brief battle with sepsis.
Although we lost her in body last night, we lost her in spirit years ago as she suffered from dementia in the last years of her life. We are thankful she is finally at rest from the confusion and frustration it brings and has been made whole in the presence of our LORD along with my Papa, her son, daughter-in-law, brothers and sisters, and the rest of those who have gone before her.
As is the case in most families, there tends to be a more lenient set of grandparents. She was my more permissive grandma and most memories at her house include: eating pizza and sprite for dinner, staying up late to watch reruns of Mr. Ed, building forts under the table, playing hide-and-go seek (with very adventurous hiding locations encouraged), filling up on numerous fat-free snacks, going for long walks in their hilly neighborhood, grilling shish-kabobs and good steaks, roller-blading for hours in the unfinished basement, super-competitive games of pick-up-sticks (she always won), homemade hair permanents in her bathroom, and always a shopping trip to the Dollar Tree on her dollar.
To that end, I am quite sure that she passed down to me a love for shopping, fat-free frozen yogurt, and good soaps. It is in those things she will be always remembered.
“There comes…a longing to never travel again except on foot.” Wendell Berry
We love you, Grandmother! Your travels are done now, you are resting peacefully at Home. Wait for us there and we will see you again soon,