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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

In Loving Memory...

My grandmother passed away Saturday evening and today is her funeral. We will gather to celebrate her life and the good memories we have of our time with her. I feel blessed to have had her for 47 1/2 years, and that my children had her for so long in their lives.

Last night one of my cousins asked me about my favorite memories of Grandma. Here are a few:

When Grandma rocked us to sleep, she didn't sing, instead she hummed in a rather monotonous rhythm. No matter how tired you thought you were not, you went to sleep.
When I would stay at her house at Christmas (I usually stayed a few days over our school break), she let me have Christmas cookies and Sanka for breakfast.
Grandma loved board games and dominoes. She always had time to play Parcheesi when I was a kid, and in her later years, Rummikub was her game of choice. She and Grandpa played dominoes all the time with their friends - I remember going with them for the evening and they'd play for hours. We played at their house, too. Hours and hours of dominoes.

Grandma was a good cook, and excellent at mending clothes, but told me one time that she didn't enjoy either task. She liked to quilt and craft, and watched soap operas on TV. She was the best at "use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without".

She also had quite a temper, and I remember many times listening to her and Grandpa argue. But they always argued in German, so I never knew what the disagreement was about. :o)

I'm sad that she's gone, but so happy that she's in a better place, whole and healed. Rest in peace, Grandma.

1 comment:

Barbara Allen Moore said...

Yes I remember the dominoes too. It seems that their generation loved the game. Each grnadparent i visited played dominoes. I also remember her speaking german. She was a good cook and her appearnace was always neat and tidy. i used to wonder how she could stay so tidy with all the work that she did. Hugs to you all.