Sweet Nana

Yesterday afternoon my sweetest and most wonderful Nana went to take a nap and did not wake up again. Being 102 (and a half, let’s not forget), we have all been bracing ourselves for this moment for the past few years but somehow it still came as a shock. She has always been the most constant positive influence in my life, she was always the same, and she was always so full of life that I think I just assumed she would live forever.

I feel so incredibly lucky to be her granddaughter and to have had her in my life for as long as I did. She touched every person she met – literally and figuratively, she always had to be touching us! Her happiness, positivity and resiliency has been such an inspiration to our family and I know that we will all be telling stories about her for many years to come. I’m thankful that I documented so many of my memories of her on my blog, some of my favourites are here.

I’m thankful that we told her every chance we got, in person and in letters, how much we loved her, how amazing we thought she was, and how important she was to our family. I’m thankful that after 35 years she’s reunited with her husband, whose picture we showed her the last time I saw her and she just kept saying “Oh, he’s so handsome! Isn’t he so handsome?? Look at how handsome he is!!” He was. He really was so handsome.

And I’m thankful that in the end, she went peacefully while she was napping. I can’t think of a better way. Love you so much, Nana xoxo

Thanks so much to you guys for reading about my Nana over the years and loving her right along with me.


30 responses to “Sweet Nana

  1. Oh Nana. I’m sorry you’ve lost such a lovely lady. I’m glad it was peaceful though. I’ll miss your stories of visits with her.

  2. My thoughts are with you Lindsey, as a blog reader it was always so heartwarming to read about her and your love for her. Hugs xx

  3. So sorry for your loss. I have enjoyed reading about your Nana!

  4. LOVE YOU!!!

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss – I have always enjoyed reading your blog posts about your Nana. She seemed like a wonderful woman, and you could tell from your pictures how happy and loved she was.

  6. I’m so sorry to hear about your Nana, please accept my deepest condolences. What an amazing woman she was, and to live to 102, such an inspiration. It warms my heart reading all your posts about her, she was so blessed to have such a loving and caring family. May she rest in peace, hugs.

  7. Oh that Nana was a gem! What a beautiful long life she lived. I know she will be missed terribly, but I’m so happy for you that you had so many years with her. Sending my sympathies and thinking of you. XO

  8. What an amazing, fantastic woman! I’ve LOVED reading about her and am so thankful for a peaceful passing for her. Love to you and your family at this time. God Bless her.

  9. I am so sorry to hear about your Nana, Lindsey. I have been a long time reader and your Nana stories were always some of my favorite posts to read. She was truly a special lady. *hugs*

  10. I am so sorry and sad about your Nana’s passing. I loved reading about your visits her and seeing pictures. Very special thoughts for the famous Nana, and lots of love to you and yours.

  11. I loved your Nana stories. They always made me chuckle! Keeping you and your families in my thoughts these days.

  12. Very sorry for your loss. I feel like I knew your Nana personally from all the wonderful posts you wrote about her. Thank you for sharing her with us!

  13. I am so sorry to hear about your sweet Nana. I loved reading your stories about her and the love you shared for each other. She was a truly wonderful, loving, feisty lady!

  14. Robin Shemeley

    Long time, silent reader! I always loved reading about your Nana. She seemed like such a character. I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t miss hearing about her and seeing her pop up on your blog. 102 is an amazing feet! Please know that she will be missed even by those whom she never touched 🙂

  15. Sending you a hug. I felt like I really knew her myself!

  16. I am so sorry for your loss. I loved your posts that included her. (The items that she would collect and save to give to you always made me smile.) Thank you for sharing her with us.

  17. My heart goes out to you. I’m sorry for your loss but so happy you were able to make the most of the time you had with her. You can tell how truly she loved you and vice versa, you always write about her with such joy. My sincerest sympathies for you and your family.

  18. We can all aspire to be just half the woman she was…you are a lucky girl to have had her as your Nana.

  19. So sorry to come here & read this. You’re Nana sounds like a wonderful person.

  20. Oh Lindsey, I’m so sorry to hear this! Lots of love to you and your family. I have so enjoyed reading about her on your blog over the past few years! She seemed like just the sweetest.