Granny

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“How the hell are ya'” she would say, in her husky former smoker voice, EVERY TIME she would greet you. She was fiesty, rough, loving and all around amazing. She was my Granny.

I’ve been absent for the last week or so because Granny passed away. She had been on hospice for a while but took a turn for the worse. My family sat with her for three days straight, taking shifts, telling stories, scratching off her instant lottery tickets hoping she could get that big win, and just generally being there with her. She passed early in the morning on August 12th, one day shy of the 2 year anniversary of her daughter’s death.

At the funeral my sister read her, well written, eulogy with a confidence and air that was amazing, Granny would have been proud. She regaled us with stories of my grandmother dressing as a 1970s playboy bunny, when she was in her 70s. Sitting next to an African American woman in the segregated south and chatting away despite being told that the races don’t mix. To quote my sister “She was a single mother before there was a term single mother.” Granny raised and supported 3 kids, alone. She was amazing. Granny was hard of hearing and would get 5 minutes into a phone conversation, that she initiated, only to say “Hold on a minute, I can’t hear you. Let me put in my ear.”

I loved my Granny. She was the matriarch of the family, the glue that held us all together. I, will, and do miss her greatly.

Jennifer

Jennifer is a busy working mother of two who, along with her husband, has chosen to unschool her children. She currently blogs about her experience with the challenges and fun of unschooling along with her love of crafting and cooking at HarmonicMama.com.

7 thoughts on “Granny

  • August 20 at 10:29 am
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    I am so sorry for your loss, hon. She sounds like a true one of a kind!

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  • August 21 at 10:03 pm
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    I’m so very sorry for your loss! She sounds like she was an amazing woman. ((HUGZ!!))

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  • August 21 at 10:09 pm
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    I am very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your Granny a little bit with us here.

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  • August 22 at 4:17 am
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    So sorry for your loss. Thanks you for sharing your memories. It really put some things for me into perceptive

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  • August 23 at 7:49 am
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    Thank you all for your kind words of support. She really was an amazing woman.

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    • August 30 at 9:06 pm
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      I just saw this. She was amazing, she would have been proud of you also and she loved the girls, I miss Granny but I will always say HOW THE HELL ARE YA

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