Well I had a great post all about honey lime glazed brisket ready to go for today and then my parents called to tell me my Grandma had died. Today. On her 99th Birthday. Strange how the universe works that way sometimes. Although sad, I feel very peaceful. Every time I’ve seen her in the last 6 years or so, I thought maybe it would be the last time I saw her. I suppose I have been mentally preparing myself for this for a long time. Very fortunately for me, my parents had a birthday party for her on Saturday, and the Hubs and I were able to skype with her and talk to her on the phone. She was telling me how she couldn’t hear me very well because she had lost one of her hearing aids and it was foolish for someone her age to spend $3000 on new ones. Ha! Oh Grandma, wise until the end.
I wrote about my Grandma before a few months ago when she had decided to quit taking her medication because she felt as though she was ready to die. Even though she didn’t live all that much longer, I’m so glad she had a change of heart and didn’t quit on us. She died in her home today, after a rousing game of bridge (her favorite) against both her children and my uncle. I didn’t think to ask my parents if she had won. I bet she did, otherwise I’m sure she would have lived a few more hours for a rematch. Her mind was sharp until the very end and I know that she couldn’t possibly have been happier.
Although tearful, I think back on her amazing life with a lot of joy in my heart. She was quite a woman. She was tough, no nonsense and courageous, and had a wonderfully adventurous spirit. The two of us always shared the artistic gene in our family and I admired her a great deal. My grandfather died in 1991, and I can’t help thinking about how long that is to live without your partner, and how wonderful it must be for her to be with him again. I’m sure its the best birthday present she could have received.
She is survived by her two children, 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Not to mention dozens more who loved and admired her like family. We’ll scatter her ashes at our cabin on Lake Vermillion this summer. A place that is treasured not only by her, but our entire family. She spent the last 60 summers there, including this last one, and is the perfect place for her spirit to live on forever. We love you Grandma! May you rest in peace.