It has been an eventful time since my last post. A quick trip to Florida to celebrate my Grammy’s life and mourn her passing was brightened with the flurry of old faces that I have greatly missed.
We got the call on Tuesday that Grammy had suffered a stroke. Thankfully, she didn’t suffer much and was quickly reunited with her husband in Heaven. I was fortunate to be able to get the time off and hop in the car with mom and dad for the trip. I think it was something I had to do. It was hard. How do you mourn the passing of someone who so deeply wanted to be home? There were many bittersweet moments as I considered all of the memories I shared with her. I will miss her.
We turned toward Clearwater for the burial. It was so quick that I hardly remember the faces I saw…glimpses of my past that loved me and let me go. Sent me on to my own better place, in NC. I am grateful to my friends in Clearwater for loving me and supporting me so much. I spent time talking and laughing and meeting their children. Relationships are so important, it seems, now more than ever.
Even Jerry and I, while missing each other, grew together last week somehow. I got home on Saturday night and he made chicken soup for me. From scratch. I can look into his eyes and see my Grampy some days. No wonder Grammy loved him so much. I hope that our love grows in that same way. Full of respect and grace.
All in all it has been a somber time. But one that has moved me immensely. I am thankful.