fly away home

We layed my grandmother to rest yesterday in a little cemetery down the street from the home she was born in, in Delta, Colorado. She lived an amazing 94 years. She was a teacher, an artist, a mother, a grandmother and a great grandmother. Everything she touched turned into a beautiful piece of perfection. She sewed, she painted, she grew amazing flowers. As a child she taught me so many things. She taught me to read. She took my hand and showed me how to hold a brush. She sat me in her lap and sewed with me. She always let me cut out the biscuits. Memories of apple butter and fruit leather stashed in metal tins full of powdered sugar. Teeny tiny pleats in teeny tiny doll clothes. Feather beds and blue lamps. Ticking clocks that chimed the hours away. Apple trees. Strawberries. Blue hobnail in the entry. Pealing wallpaper that I helped her put on the walls so many many years ago. The dolls. The dominoes under the coffee table. So many memories.

She was there when my teens were babies, guiding and helping me through those first years as a parent. Teaching me how to diaper and nurse a newborn and showing me how she did things when she had her babies. She helped me cook my first Thanksgiving dinner and she helped me sew my daughters first homecoming dress. She encouraged and helped me grow, always interested in what I was doing and how my children were. She adored them. Later, she spent summers here in Colorado and she got to know my younger children. I hope they always remember. I hope they treasure her memory as I do.

Fly away home Grandma. You led a beautiful life.

my grandmother and my daughter

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  1. Oh goodness Christine, what a beautiful Gramma and beautiful picture. This post is so dear to me since my Gramma is my rock in life. I had to visit her in the hospital yesterday because of a fall and it took everything in me not to wisk her right out of there and bring her home to me. What a beautiful blessing she sounds like she was and will always be.

  2. That was beautiful, and brought me to tears. I’m so sorry for the loss of your loved one

  3. Wow, what a moving and touching post! Sorry for you loss, but she sounds like she was an amazing grandmother!

  4. Prayers and thoughts with you Cristine!

  5. Hugs! I know how hard that is. She sounds like a wonderful person!

  6. Angela

    She was a wonderful grandmother, so kind and patient among other things. I love this photo of her because it captures her essence. This is the image of how I will remember her.

  7. Krystl

    Your grandma sounds like an amazing person. Sending lots of love to you and your family.

  8. Touching tribute Cristine. Sounds like she was one-of-a-kind.


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