Blessings to my Grandmother

8.26.2011

She passed away today while at home with family at her side. Thank you to my Aunt Sharon and to my mother who both spent the last two years or so taking care of her so that she could be with family and at home until the end. That is a pretty incredible gift and an even more amazing sacrifice. She led such an amazing and full life and I shared with Ethan today that out of everyone in my life up to this point, my grandmother has shared with me the most wisdom on how to be a woman, daughter, sister, wife, and mother. How it never means giving up who it is that you are at your very core...that those roles do not define you. She was the strongest and most capable being I have ever known with an amazing sense of character that shown through in everything that she did and every relationship that she had. She never shared her wisdom with obvious intent, it was always shown in action and in how it was that she lived her life. Thank you grandma...I will hold your memories, stories and wisdom close to my heart and take care of them with the most fiercest of care and will be sure to pass them on to my own children and grandchildren. You have truly been a blessing in my life.

grandma

Woman Work by Maya Angelou

I've got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry
The baby to dry
I got company to feed
The garden to weed
I've got shirts to press
The tots to dress
The can to be cut
I gotta clean up this hut
Then see about the sick
And the cotton to pick.

Shine on me, sunshine
Rain on me, rain
Fall softly, dewdrops
And cool my brow again.

Storm, blow me from here
With your fiercest wind
Let me float across the sky
'Til I can rest again.

Fall gently, snowflakes
Cover me with white
Cold icy kisses and
Let me rest tonight.

Sun, rain, curving sky
Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone
Star shine, moon glow
You're all that I can call my own.


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Diana Waite said...

so sorry for you loss. sending you a huge hug.

Denise said...

What a beautiful tribute Jen. So sorry.

Sue from Oregon said...

A lovely tribute to your Grandmother. Hugs.