It is a magnificent blessing to really get to know your Grandmother throughout your adulthood. I am blessed to have a healthy, accomplished 85 year old Grandmother. She is the last of my Grandparents and I value her wisdom, love and friendship.
I have always known the true value of family; now with my father gone I’m feeling it in my soul.
Grandma, Dad always valued his relationship with you. He said you never made him feel like an in law – he felt like a son. This is something he told me up until days before his death.
As my father’s health deteriorated, I began to lean on you for guidance. During the darkest moments of my life you have offered encouragement, advice and honestly.
As I reflect on my father’s illness and my mother’s angelic caregiving abilities, I am realizing these qualities were inherited from you. I watched my mother transform into a hero as she was Dad’s caregiver. She selflessly cared for Dad for 7 years. Many times I would look at my mother in awe and wonder where her courage, kindness and resilience came from. How could I not realize these characteristics are an inherited quality from you?
You the strongest woman I know, you are living proof that life goes on despite the detours life throws in our path.
You beat cancer, heart issues, survived World War II and so much more. You are one of the most vivacious, optimistic, and resilient people I have ever known.
After my father died I counted down the minutes for you to arrive. Your hug instantly brought me back to my childhood. During one of the saddest times of my life you made me feel safe and warm. I didn’t want to let go and return to reality.
As we grieve the traumatic loss of my father I watch you selflessly hold us up. You are the light in the darkness guiding as we find our way in this new life without Dad. You are the definition of bravery and wisdom. You are my Grandmother and I am proud to be your oldest granddaughter.
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