Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dear Grandma...

It's hard to believe you passed away a year ago today. You made it through 99 years on this earth. I'm 36 and some days I just feel tired. But I think sometimes our technology and advances have served to make our lives a little more difficult. You kept it simple: God and your family.

At Thanksgiving, Pam and I try to recreate your sweet potato pies. Uncle Gene says we've done a good job so far. He's also put in his 2 cents about what we need to do or what we could do. That's your son, the retired chef. :) We know it's not exactly like your pies, but I don't think Thanksgiving would be Thanksgiving without those pies on the dessert table.

Mom seems to be doing much better. I know that she still misses you and Dad a great deal. Speaking of Dad, can you tell him hello for me? And give him a great big hug and kiss and tell him we really miss him. Today is Sunday, and this was usually the day that he and I would talk for an hour or so. I still laugh about the Sunday he tried to trick me into having LDR bring him some ox tails...knowing he could not have it. I almost wish we had given it to him anyway.

(Grandma ans a few of her brothers - date unknown)

You managed to outlive all of your brothers. I wonder if you are with them now. Or with Uncle Rafe or Aunt Lennie. I hope so. Then that means we have a whole extended network of family watching over us.

I am still working on that family tree project. I hope I can find some more of your family that we haven't met yet. Maybe they can come to the next family reunion.

Well, I just wanted you to know that we missed you. Our lives have been changed but we carry on. We hope you're looking down and that you're proud.



This One Woman said...

This is beautiful. I'm sure she is very proud. :)

affectionforfitness said...

Hi C! That's very sweet. My Grandma lived until 95 and died many years ago now, but I still miss her.

When I look in the mirror, I think I am starting to look a little like my Grandma. This does not bother me, as I'm going to have to look like someone when I get older--and it may as well be my favorite person.

Btw, my Grandma also made pies. She won many county fair ribbons for them in North Dakota.

:-) Marion

Neev said...

You made me cry! I remember your dad trying to get those oxtails, that was the funniest thing! I've been writing a letter like this for 3 years and still haven't gotten to it.