Wednesday, April 28, 2010

well, glory be!

granny and me
Summer 1986

My grandmother passed away this morning. At 99, she had lived a long and full life. The oldest of 12 siblings, Granny was mother to 4, grandmother to 8 and great-grandmother to 9. The quintessential character [my family is full of them!], Granny said she didn't want her obituary to be long, because if someone truly cared about her they'd be able to fill in the details for themselves. That is what I've been doing this morning. As I've gotten older, my time with Granny has been less, but many of my most vivid childhood memories center around time spent at her house with my cousin Sally--the times when Granny would take down her trademark bun and chase us around, her long hair and laugh reminding us of a witch; or when we'd rummage through her great collection of costume jewelry, certain that she was a millionaire in hiding. Frozen pizzas, bleeding-hearts, cardinals, to-go boxes...the list of memories with Granny goes on and on...and for this I am very thankful.

sally and me
Granny was many things...a great photographer was probably not one of them :)

25 comments:

Sally said...

What a nice way to remember our Granny!

Genine said...

so sorry for your loss Suzanne, she sounded like such a great granny.

Annie said...

I'm sorry you've lost your grandmother, and glad that you have so many wonderful memories of her.

Tanuja said...

Grandmothers always have a special place in our heart. Sorry for your loss. May her soul rest in peace.

aimee said...

99 years old! that is amazing. this is such a happy and upbeat tribute to her. how wonderful that you have so many details to retell her stories. hugs to you and your family.

dinahmow said...

A sad day, perhaps, but wonderful memories.

Laure Ferlita said...

What an incredible blessing! She sounds like a character that will live on in the memories and love. Hugs!

heather lorin said...

Suzanne, best to you and your family. What great stories you have to remember.

edgar cabrera said...

So sorry baby! I feel sorry for Snowball too! Granny cut his head off while taking the photo!

cindy said...

i'm so sorry about your grandmother. she saw so many things during her 99 years! all the innovation and all those siblings. wow! i like the picture. i suppose she was interested in capturing the shadow. it's cute and you had long hair.

Michelle said...

i'm thinking of you Suzanne! I'll miss you our last class. I never really looked at your blog til now and i will probably now look at it every day :)
"don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened"
a little something that helps me sometimes :)

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What a great memory of a wonderful woman. I'm sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

Oh I am so sorry for your loss. My grandma was wonderful too-and for some reason we have a whole bunch of similar photos where at least one person is not quite in the picture. i think she was just so anxious to get on with life that stopping for moment seemed like a waste to her.

TeresaR said...

My condolences about your grandmother, but am glad that you have such great memories of her to carry with you.

Sandy said...

Nothing better than a life well lived and great loving memories passed on.

My Mom's birthdate today and fond memories of her as well. Thanks for the smile!

~Valentina~ said...

Suzanne, sorry for your loss. 99 years! it's nice to know you have tons of great memories with your Granny!

Chey Shelton said...

Aw, Suzanne, what a beautiful tribute. I'm very sorry for your loss and I hope the coming days look better for you. Grandmothers are one of the most precious gifts we have, and I know that mine is the closest thing that I have to a mother. And trust me, no photograph from her would be complete without a giant thumb taking up half the picture! My best thoughts and wishes are with you and your family. <3

raena said...

What a wonderful way to honor her memory!

no way said...

Condolences, Suzanne. I call my grandmother "granny" too. Grannies are wonderful, hugs to you and your family.

Kelley said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother. 99 years is an amazing accomplishment, and it sounds like she left happy memories with all of you. <3

little *e* said...

Im sorry for your loss suzanne, your granny sounds fabulous!! i loved reading about you thinking she was a millionaire in hiding, i was pretty convinced my "grancie" was too. :)
and i tribute her every time i put on one of her costume brooches. love.

Karen Sandstrom at Pen in Hand said...

Condolences, Suzanne. Lovely tribue, excellent pictures.

Priscilla said...

My condolences. I'm glad that you have memories that make you smile.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Beautiful post, Suzanne.
x

Diahn said...

what a treasure box of memories you must have - beautiful post and tribute to your beautiful granny...