As a child you don't really think about death. I pretty much believed that all my relatives would live forever. I mean at 8 years old, getting to be 90 is practically an eternity! Even into my 20's it seemed that all my family will again remain in my life for as long as I'm here. Is that because I have been spoiled and for the majority of my life thus far, and all of my family has been here......I guess you could say that.
Well all of that changed last night at 1am when I received a call from my mom saying grandma had passed away. While she had been in hospice for the past week and in the back of my mind I knew it would happen at some point, I still didn't fully believe it would happen. I mean it's your grandma....they live forever, right?
My granny was pretty legit. I mean she was the All American Grandma. The grandma that I aspire to be just like one day. She was the best noodle maker this side of the Mississippi and could make one mean sugar cookie. She had to have known she was a badass noodle maker as she made sure to give us girls a noodle machine as our wedding gift. One must carry on the tradition, right? She could also whip you up a quilt in no time flat and had no problem sharing her thoughts on any matter. I mean at 93 years old I'm pretty sure you are allowed to say whatever you want. You have put your time in.
A large part of my childhood was spent at my grandmas. Since she lived only a mile and a half down the road it was the perfect meeting place for all of the cousins to congregate. Spending the night at grandmas was like Christmas because we stayed up all night and raided her stash of mt dew and oatmeal cream pies. (Which could probably contribute to my lack of ever being a size 2). We spent many days building tree houses and forts or just exploring the old barns. Memories to last a lifetime.
Saturday night I held the hand of my grandma while I kissed her forehead, told her I love you, and fully expected to see her again. She squeezed my hand and returned the I love you. Life is short folks. It makes you appreciate the good times and makes you wish you had time for just a few more.
Rest In Peace Grandma. While you get to reunite with grandpa you will be dearly and greatly missed.