Thursday, April 30, 2009

Gertrude

There’s a lot going on right now. Precious Youngest graduates from high school soon. Precious Oldest is coming up on finals in mid-May and then she’s leaving for Europe with a friend for a month. My parents are in final negotiations to buy a house a ¼ mile from me.

But I’m really thinking about Nana these days.

These are pictures from last Thanksgiving just days before she turned ninety three.



Here she is surrounded by most of her great-grand children.








I love this picture – note her eating cheese and crackers AND drinking a nice glass of red wine.








The last few years her eyesight has not been great and her hearing was very poor but her mind was sharp as ever. You did NOT want to take that woman on in Rummikube; she’d kick your ass.

On April 2nd my mother and I went to see the apartment where we planned to move Nana. We mentally arranged her furniture. We admired the view of the garden from the window. We put down a deposit. Her assisted living facility was going to be less than ten minutes away from our homes.

I know this timing is probably for the best. Less stress for all involved. I believe in the end she let go, she was ready to leave. But I have to tell you, it’s a little sad nonetheless.

5 comments:

Swirl Girl said...

First of all; your nanna is my kind of lady...Wine and cheese at 93 - may we all be so lucky.

Second of all; do you think she waited til she knew everyone was 'in a good place' and then let go?

Jen on the Edge said...

I'm so sorry.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

She look fantastic!

A loss is still a loss--I'm sorry.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

looked

Granny on the Web said...

She looks like everyone's perfect image of how a Nana should look!
Lovely memories will take over from the grief.
Love Granny