On this day two years ago, one of the most important people in my life passed away. My Granny was an amazing woman, and she was always there for me even when it seemed like no one else in my life was. Her death was especially hard on me because she died when I was 10 weeks pregnant. I actually hadn’t even told her that I was pregnant yet, although I suspect that she already knew.
I can remember every time we went to visit we would stay up late at night, laying in her bed and she would tell me story after story. I loved listening to my grandmother’s stories of her life when she was a young girl. I remember her telling me about when she got the family cow so drunk on moonshine that it couldn’t stand up and how she was so afraid that she had killed it. That was always one of my favorites.
I always loved the way my grandmother talked. She was from the deep south and lived way out in the country. She called paper towels – towlin’ paper, and eggplants were called vegetable eggs. It still makes me smile to remember trying to figure out what she wanted when she asked for a piece of towlin’.
Granny always worried about me and my sisters. She’d call us every year and remind us when it was almost time to get our driver’s licenses renewed. I still don’t know how she kept up with all those dates.
I hope that I never forget all these things about my grandmother. It scares me to think that in 20 years I might not remember all these great memories. Its only been two years and I already feel like I’m forgetting things. It also makes me incredibly sad to know that my son will never get to meet my Granny. I can’t wait to tell him about her when he gets older.
RIP Granny – You are loved and missed everyday!