Mom & Me, Gramma, Linda & Great G
In the summer of 2008 my beautiful Grandmother spent an entire month with me here at my La Chaumiere de Briarwood. It had been years and years since I'd been able to truly enjoy her company and having her here in my home for more than just a couple of days helped me reconnect with her in a very special way.
Mom, Linda, Adrienne, Gramma & Me
My Grams and I had deep conversations about all sorts of things. Because she had long been blinded by Glaucoma we spent many an afternoon either listening to books on tape or swapping out stories from my childhood. She had always been a loving grandmother, quiet and calm by nature and never once did I ever hear her yell... OK...maybe a couple of times~like when she was chasing my big sister Linda and I with the flyswatter for misbehavin' or it
MIGHT have been most certainly was when I carved my name into her brand new coffee table when I was 8... :(.
Miss K, Gramma, Me (with Mollie) and Adrienne
A few days before she was to return to California I sat next to her in my living room while my Mr. AGPMan snapped pictures and video taped us chatting away... I snuggled up next to her and we laughed and laughed for the longest time. I once again felt like I was ten years old. Grams just had a way of making everything in life feel fine.
It was during that conversation, my last with her before her passing that following November, that I would ask her about her life's journey and if she had any regrets about the choices she had made along the way...
Even with her dark shades covering up her shuttered eyes I could tell she was gazing off into the distance. She answered soft and low but with little emotion...that was her way. Her response, like everything else she ever said to me, was pure and honest.
Gramma & Me - 2009
"I would never have used the word SOMEDAY " she said.
"SOMEDAY never comes! It doesn't!!! Life is short and you don't want to wake up and be 91 and blind and not be able to do all the things you put off while waiting for that SOMEDAY to arrive!"
I dreamed about my Grandmother last night. I miss her more than I can tell you. Wanna know what she said to me during my slumber?
Can you guess?
"The clock is ticking, Becky! Best be livin' out your SOMEDAY while you still have time!"