Wednesday, April 18, 2012

To my Grandmother


My Grandmother passed away last Thursday.

We called her Grandma Dot.

It has hit me much harder than I ever imagined it would. 

She was 92 and her health was failing, her mind was childlike and it was her time to go.

But I miss her. 

She was a beautiful woman. A remarkable woman.


She collected hundreds of children's books.

She had dozens of poems and songs memorized and even when the dementia set in, she still could quote.

She was brutally honest and rarely apologized but I always knew she loved deeply. 

She was a nurse in WWII and won a Medal of Honor her "for exceptionally meritorious achievement" in serving the frontline units of her division.

She took sugar packets from restaurants and saved them for later. 

She always took the top piece of bread off the top of her sandwich or hamburger.  
She said it was too much bread. :)

She went out to lunch everyday, and always tried to kiss the Priest at her favorite Italian restaurant. 

She was a flirt and always mentioned how amazing it was that she'd never gone gray...even though she had. :)

She always had a parakeet named Poopsie, and when the current "Poopsie" passed away, she got another- Poopsie. 

She gave us almost all of our furniture, including pieces that had been her family for years. 


She had the softest hand and she would secretly squeeze "I love you" when you were sitting by her. 

I miss her, but I know I'll see her again.

Everyone should have a Grandma Dot. 








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17 comments:

  1. Julia, I'm so sorry for your loss. Even when we know it's their time to go, it's still hard. Hugs from Minnesota!

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  2. What a beautiful tribute to your Grandma Dot. She sounds like a wonderful person who will be missed by so many loved ones. You were so blessed to have her.

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear. She sounded like a great person. I'm sure she felt lucky to have you! What a beautiful bridal picture. Thinking of you and your family.

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  4. I'm so sorry Julia :( it's always so hard to let them go but we are so lucky that families can be together forever!! I'll be praying for you girlie.

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  5. aw, julia, i am so sorry for your loss. i had an aunt dot (my dad's aunt) who passed last summer. my own grandparents passed a long time ago, but i think about them often and still miss them and i like to dream made up conversations between them and my kids and picture them playing together. i know they are looking down on us and there by my side always.

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  6. Julia, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Grandmother sounded like an amazing woman. Surround yourself with those treasured memories and special times shared with her. I know you were a fabulous and very loving Granddaughter. Take good care.

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  7. what a blessing to have had such an amazing relationship to her. it's so hard to lose a loved one. your family is in my thoughts :)

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  8. I'm so sorry for your loss, but what lovely memories you have, and that you can share with your little boy.

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  9. I'm so sorry for your loss Juia! Grandma Dot sounds like one very special lady!

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  10. Dear Julia, thank you for this beautiful memorial. This means a lot to me. Love, your dad

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  11. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a blessing to have such beautiful memories.

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  12. Julia, it's so great to have an eternal perspective, but it still stinks to love someone as dear as your grandma. Thinking of you.

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  13. Dot sounds like she was an amazing woman! I'm sure she will be missed. How wonderful that you get to look at your furniture everyday and be reminded of her and know that she's watching over you.

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  14. I am so sorry for your loss Julia. Things have been so busy that I haven't had as much time to visit my favorite blogs and missed this :-(

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  15. You wrote a very sweet tribute to your Grandma Dot,you were very lucky to have her for so long.She sounds like she was strong when needed and soft as needed. A grandaughter like you will keep who she was truly alive. My Mom is gone but still here Dementia is so tough and full on ALZ... is a tough road. Its our memories that have to fill in when theirs are gone. Having moms Furniture as you have grandma's helps.

    Your blog is great ans some fun stuff you have done....congrats on the blog
    and always remember

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  16. grandma dot sounds like a gem... and wasn't' she a beauty, too? how blessed your family was to have her so long. still, it's so hard to say goodbye no matter how old a loved one is.

    i love hearing about your family! keep the stories coming!

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I really appreciate all of your thoughts and comments! They bring a smile to my face!