As I flipped through old family photos this morning, I came across
a few that included my dear Grandma Rose. She passed away a
few years ago, and losing her was incredibly tough. She had been
my last living grandparent for a while, but she was also my favorite.
She had a petite stature, wore a size 5 shoe, had a sparkle in her
bright blue eyes, a constant upward turn to the corners of her mouth,
an unconditional love for her family, and was the most selfless
person I have ever met.
At times, I still can't believe she's gone. I find myself wondering how
she made her scrumptious home-made mac'n cheese, and I pick
up my phone to ask her about it. Then it hits me like a two by four,
she's not there. I can't bring myself to delete her contact information
from my cell.
The fond memories I have of Grandma Rose are really too many to
count. From amazing egg hunts at Easter, swinging on her porch
swing while watching birds accustomed to left over toast crumbles,
listening to her many wind chimes on a breezy afternoon, raiding
her closet for dress-up apparel, eating still warm cook and serve
chocolate pudding, to even the obligatory dish washing duty after
delectably delicious family dinners, each one is a treasure I will
carry with me always.
I didn't even mention the holiday Thanksgiving and Christmas
celebrations, and since my grandma had five children, twelve
grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren by the time she left
us to be with our Savior, you can imagine the organized chaos of it
all. There was a "kid" table and a "grown up" table set up in the
partially finished basement of her 800 or so square foot home. The
adult table was really a ping pong table with a huge or multiple
table clothes over it. The kid table was set up near the washer and
dryer and sat us younger grandkids quite nicely. I think I was in
college before I made it to the adult table, and then it was only
because we had extended family members who had moved out of
state and didn't make it home every year.
I love my family. I love the legacy of kindness and graciousness my
grandma passed on to the rest of us. I love the person my grandma
was and the values she never let go of. I loved her unwavering devotion
to our Lord, Jesus Christ, and her generosity towards all those around
her. I want to carry on that legacy of love of our Lord and of our neighbors,
as she did so well.
Although the reality of her absence is painful, the knowledge that she
lived life as she was called to and that she is enjoying her reward
in Heaven is a great comfort. I am thankful for the impact she had on
my life and the opportunity that I now have to make an impact for
good on those around me as well.