Saturday, October 23, 2010

I Am Free

I AM FREE

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day, to laugh,
to love, to work or play.
Tasks undone must stay that way
I've found that peace at the close of the day.

If parting has left a void, then fill it
with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times,
a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me,
God wants me now, He set me free.

--Author Unknown

Grandma passed today. And I'm trying to remember that most importantly, she is not suffering or in pain any more. She put in 99 good years on this earth. She baked the best lemon merengue and sweet potato pies ever. She taught me how to sit in my rocking chair, cross my chubby legs, and watch The Young and The Restless. If I wanted hot chocolate in the middle of the night, she got up and fixed it, with milk - the old fashioned way on the stove...and Hershey's Cocoa, not Nestle Quik.

She didn't want for anything. Her three daughters took care of her. She outlived all of her brothers and she (unfortunately) outlived two of her six children. She may have had dementia but she knew she was loved. My mom was at the nursing home every day, along with my uncle and my aunt. My mom was with her when she took her last breath. She died peacefully, in her sleep.

I don't know what happens now. I would like to think she's reunited with Uncle Rafe and Aunt Lennie, and she's smiling down on us.

RIP Grandma Rosa... 5/9/1911 - 10/23/2010

8 comments:

giraffy said...

Hugs, M. Prayers for you and your fam.

This One Woman said...

You have my condolences on the loss of your Grandma. Bless her heart.

MzInspiredMind81 said...

*hugs*

JustBeingMoe said...

My condolences goes out to you and your family. 99 wow thats a blessing.

Tazzee said...

Grandmas are such a gift from God. You are blessed to have had your Grandma Rosa around for so long. I'm praying for you and your family - many hugs to you.

Marilie said...

Tazzee, yes they are. I see how my nieces and nephews get so excited when my mom is around or when they get to talk to her on the phone. SHe loves being a grandma.

Thanks for all the prayers, everyone.

savedbythebrew said...

I'm sorry for your loss, but so happy that you had so many great years with her. My thoughts are with you and your family.

aunaptural said...

99? Yea, buddy! Grandma surely did some living and glad that much of it was spent loving and sharing happy memories with those close to her. Hugs to you at this time.