Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sweet Dreams Grandmom


My maternal grandmother passed away yesterday at the age of 90. She wasn't exactly the traditional warm and fuzzy grandma, but I do have a lot of nice memories. My grandfather (check out those ears, oy!) was from Scotland and when they married, my grandmom was only sixteen. Can you imagine? I'm not sure I even liked boys at sixteen, I think I would rather play soccer and talk on the phone. My grandpop was actually the one I was closest to but he died when I was five. Millie (grandmom) was the type of person who found it easier to show affection to pets than people. She loved her dogs and cats and always had a tank full of fish. Visits were always fun because you never knew what new animal she would have. I also have great memories of the Fourth of July parade. Her house backed to a major road in our town so my family, including lots of cousins, would go to her house and set up beach chairs and blankets along side the road and watch the parade...we always had the best seats!

She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about five years ago so it's been a rough bunch of years for her. I know that if there is a heaven, there was quite a crowd of critters up there waiting for her along with her two daughters and two husbands.

Sweet Dreams Grandmom...

16 comments:

Artfulife said...

I will keep you and your family in my prayers. We lost my great grandmother to complications due to alzheimer's. There are still so many wonderful memories I have of her. I hope you can take some time to write down all the fun and special memories you have of her for your children and future generations.

tascha said...

That is a lovely tribute you gave your grandma, thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tracy,
I'm sorry to hear about your Grandmom.
:(
Lauren

mystele said...

my thoughts are with your family!

The Vintage Sister Studio said...

Thanks everyone!

sMacThoughts said...

aww. Bless her soul. I know those pets up there are so excited to show her around!

Diane Duda said...

So sorry about your Grandma, Tracy.
I lost mine about 1 1/2 ago just days after she turned 90. She also outlived 2 husbands and gave me a lot of wonderful childhood memories.

xo
Di

~dani~ said...

Oh, she was a beautiful woman! And look at Grandpop!! So cute the 2 of them. Yeah, that generation of women went through many heartaches and experienced things we could never understand. Hence, it being easier to share emotion with a pet that loves you unconditionally. Fish are so soothing yet interesting to watch..kind of funny. Sorry you had to lose her the way you did. At least you know she is at peace and not fighting that terrible disease anymore. hugs to you and your family~

lpatencio said...

Beautiful memories and lovely picture.

Peace to you and yours

Lisa

Cris said...

Thanks for sharing. Sorry about your Grandmom. I'm sure she was well-loved. Have a wonderful weekend. Cris

Jenny said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. My grandfather had Alzhiemers. It was difficult for him and we were all releived when he passed..

On a happier note: I received my lovely paintings, today! OMG, they are darling and thanks for the little card.

I love bloggin about my new finds, so I posted them with a link to you blog...

Have a good weekend!

Jenny

Malissa said...

My prayers are with you. I just lost my 84 yr old grandmother due to complications with pneumonia on Nov. 18. We were very close, the Holidays will be difficult!

Renee said...

Nice picture and nice story about your grandparents.

julie king said...

thinking of you and your family. what a nice tribute to your grandmom.

Jenn said...

what a sweet photo Tracy! I'm really sorry for your loss. I'll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts. Sending you hugs:):):)

xox..jenn

Christine said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss Tracy.. my maternal grandmother died earlier this year at age 90 so this will be a tough Christmas for my mom and her siblings. She was blessed to live such a long life and this is a very nice tribute to her. And no I cant imagine being married at 16 ;) Take care..