I’m not really going to do a discussion today. I’m actually just wanting you to know that I’ll be away from the internet and even reading for about three weeks starting Sept 22nd.
I learned this past week that my grandmother has passed away at the venerable age of 94- the last of my grandparents that was still living. Her health has been declining over the last few years so its not a complete surprise.
She was an interesting person. You’ve heard of the artistic temperament? Well she had it. Art was her gift, after all. She won local art awards and gave back even late in her life by teaching arts and crafts at her local senior center and the community center. Bowling was another interest and she used to be part of the Seniors Pro Bowling Tournaments.
She was not the typical grandmother when I was growing up- she wasn’t fond of cooking or baking and barely did housework. She did not want grandkids spending the night though a day visit was fine, but she was generous and caring in other ways- always supporting our endeavors. Her home was a wonder to a small child and I was fascinated by the things that came from all over the world especially Asia, since that is where my grandfather’s merchant marine work mostly took him when he was alive. She loved to dress in kimonos around the house and dance to oldies. Yeah, the Twist in a kimono is a sight to see. LOL
I will be participating in the funeral along with some of her other grandchildren. She had several children and saw her grandchildren’s grandchildren come into the world so it will be a large family gathering. And loud- we’re Sicilians. LOL
Afterwards, I will stay on at her home in Northern California, and help my folks and the aunts and some cousins sort and clean out her house. The house had to be signed over to the state as part of how we got her medical bills and extended hospital and then care home covered beyond her insurance. The cleaning out will not be pretty. She was a clinical hoarder in her last years. At least there were no pets, and the aunts had started the organizing and picking up of some of her things after she was put in a care home.
So, I will fly into Salt Lake City and join my parents on the drive out to California. We’ll be without wifi and I very much doubt I’d have time to use it even if it was available. I’ll miss visiting blogs and chatting books, but I do want to be with my family and helping out during this time, as I’m sure you can understand, so I’ll see you all when I get back.
Are your grandparents still alive? Have any fun stories about one? Anyone else have a quirky gran? Do Tell!