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.