Granny, my Mom’s mother, passed away yesterday. She was 94.
She was the grandparent I was closest too. For almost 5 years, I ate lunch with her 4-5 times a week. Almost every day I showed up, she would have a little project for me to do. Whether it was change a light bulb (her bathroom lights would go out 2, 3, 4 at a time) or take out her garbage, I was her lunch time handyman.
Our lunch time is something that I will always cherish. It gave me a chance to really get to know my grandmother. We would spend lunch talking about anything that popped into her head.
I loved the stories of her childhood and youth. She told me how her and my grandfather met. She told me of their early years in Murfreesboro (where we live now). She told me about the time my oldest Uncle found my grandfatherâ€™s pistol, when he was only a toddler.
I remember staying summerâ€™s with her and my grandfather.
She would make the largest pancakes and waffles for breakfast. They would cover the entire plate. I remember falling asleep to her scratching my back. I remember her smacking my bare legs with the fly-swatter if we misbehaved.
I remember Christmas at her house. The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren always got together once a year over there. The larger our families grew, the more insane each holiday would become. The last Christmas we were all together, there were eight great-grandchildrenâ€”all under the age of seven.
As of yet, Iâ€™m not overly sad. I will miss herâ€”as much as I missed her when I changed jobs almost 3 years ago and I was no longer able to eat lunch with her.
At least I have the memories, the photos (see above) and the rest of my family.