Thursday, August 7, 2008

Rest In Peace...

Today we buried my grandmother. I am completely EXHAUSTED so I am going to keep this short. It was a VERY nice funeral and the only time I cried was when Erik read what I wrote. My grandmother will so very deeply be missed and I love her more than anything.

Here are the words spoken at the funeral today:

My Grandmother was a very special person to me. As long as I can remember, she has always been a part of my life. We have traveled to many different places and I have so many memories with her. One of my favorite early memories is when I was a little girl and I lived with her. Mam-ma had this beautiful grandfather clock in her living room that I loved listening to. Every day after school I would run home to her house just in time to hear the 3:00 chime. If the bus was running late or if I was taking a little too long, I would always find her outside waiting for me. She would holler and tell me to hurry up so we could hear it chime together.

Mam-ma was there for everything. She was there for every school performance, dance recital, and holiday. She was also there for the two most important times in my life, my wedding and the birth of my daughter.

Although Mam-ma was not physically present at my wedding she was there in my heart. I remember trying my dress on only to find my mom, my grandmother, and myself crying. She told me that I needed a nice pair of shoes to go with my dress. She was adamant about buying them, and she didn't care how expensive they were! Even after I told I was going to wear snow boots under my dress, she told me I needed nice ones for the reception. If you knew my grandmother, you could not argue with her, so I let her buy my wedding shoes. I made sure to wear them at the reception, even though that meant walking through snow to get into the restaurant.

When my daughter was born that she was there the very next day to meet her. I remember her being inpatient while we waited for the nursery to bring her. When she saw her for the first time, she looked SO proud. She held her and you could not only see the love she had for her, but you could also feel it.

That was one thing my grandmother did extremely well…she loved. She loved her family and friends more than words could ever express. We were her life. She worried about all of us and wanted to make sure we were all happy and safe all the time.

I am going to really miss my Mam-ma. I am not too sure how to live without her being a physical part of my life, but I know she will forever be in my heart. I have no doubt that she will be watching over all of us and continuing to make sure we are happy. I am truly blessed to have had such a wonderful woman as my grandmother, and she will definitely be missed.


Wendy said...

Thank you for sharing this. I know it was a difficult day for you. Sending you hugs.

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Kimmy said...

That was very touching! You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. XOXO

Ann said...

Denise I'm sending you hugs and lots of prayers.
I understand all to well what you are going through. (When the time is right I will share my story.)
You have done such a wonderful honor to your Grandmother by sharing your stories with us. I'm so happy to hear how much your family loves her. I look forward to hearing more stories like that.

alison said...

beautiful piece!

Brett said...

Denise those are such beautiful words. I am glad you got to share your wonderful relationship with those there to mourn the loss of your Grandma. What an incredibly special woman she must have been.