My grandmother (my mother’s mother) passed away this week. She had been unwell for quite some time and luckily my mom was able to spend time with her leading up to her passing. I wanted to take a moment to say a few words about my mommom.
My mommmom, Lee, was a hilarious lady. She was the life of the party. She knew how to tell any story in a way that made it extremely entertaining.
My mommom was fiesty. She would tell you if she didn’t like something. My first daughter’s middle name is Lee after my mommom. They both have that strong spirit and that dimple in one cheek too.
My mommom loved to float in the ocean. When I was little I thought she was dead because she could lay so still. She and my poppop used to hold our hands and pull us up to jump over the waves.
My mommom loved football. She got crazy loud whenever it was on.
My mommom taught me how to whistle, in her backyard next to the clothesline.
My mommom loved to read. I can picture her curled up in her chair with a book in her lap, smoking a cigarette.
My mommom also loved word puzzles. She told me I should do them to keep my brain strong.
One Christmas Eve when I was really little, I woke up in the middle of the night and found my mommom in the living room reading. I told her I heard reindeer footsteps on the roof and she told me she did too.
One time in middle school I did a report on my mommom. When I asked her for some words of advice she said, “We would do anything for our family.”
My mommom and poppop were married 62 years. They were always nagging each other, but that was how they showed their love. And they always held hands on the boardwalk.
I am so fortunate that my girls got to meet my mommom and they all remember her.
She may be gone, but I can hear her voice in my head and her laugh in my heart.
I love you Mommom.