“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – that is to have succeeded” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
My sweet Granny,
You left this earth on a Sunday morning but you are never really gone. You lived such an abundant and beautiful life and a little bit of you will remain in each and everyone of the hearts you have touched. I couldn’t have written a better story for you Sally. You truly are Cinderella. You inspired me every single day Granny, to be the most optimistic person there is and to make the most out of every single situation life has to offer. You were so gracious and loving. I couldn’t in my wildest dreams, imagined having a grandma that even comes into comparison to you. The memories I have with you began at the start of my life. You have always been right by my side in my heart. You will continue to stay right by my side in my heart too. Our bond is too strong Granny and no distance is going to change that. But boy my love our relationship has taken a 180 degree turn over the years. When I was a little girl you would babysit me and I would have sleep overs at your house with you and poppop and I will never forget how much I looked forward to that. But as I got a little bit older and entered those pre-pre-teen years I picked up on sarcasm, maybe too much who knows. Every time I would try to joke with you I remember you saying, “Oh well no honey you can’t do that.” And I would respond, “I know Granny I am just kidding!” Man did those awkward moments just vanish into thin air. As we both aged and things changed we got so much closer than we already were. When I would pick you up on Sunday nights for dinner (because lets face it, we all didn’t want to see you behind the wheel, especially after seeing you in those motorized carts at Publix) our relationship blossomed. This is where the 180 degree turn happens. I will never forget all of our trips to the grocery store and how much I would keep a close eye on you as you navigated your way through the store on those electric scooters. Man Granny you kept me on my toes to say the least! You always had me smiling and best of all laughing, all the time. Now either your sarcasm broke out or mine rubbed off on you. My biggest task while grocery shopping was trying to make sure you didn’t bump into anyone or anything(because the secret is out, you are a troublemaker) ;). One day, in the freezer department I stood by and watched you inch closer and closer to a woman shopping until I had to say, “Granny stop!, Stop!, Stop!” Just to hear you turn back to me and say, “Oh you didn’t want me to hit her?” Oh Granny your personality is so delightful and so special and I could not be more grateful to have your genes. It is safe to say you have done more than touched my heart, you have made a permanent mark and there is a wonderful spacious place in there for you to stay forever. I will continue to make you proud Granny and will do my best to help you not worry about me. Even though as you would say, “It’s my pleasure to worry about you dahling.” You always had your glass half full and you made your optimism come true. I promise you I will carry that on for you. You raised such a wonderful family that you should be so incredibly proud of. Most importantly you raised one hell of a daughter, you really did. That amazing woman I am fortunate enough to call my mother. Because of you and because of her I am who I am today, simple as that. I can not express to you in words how incredibly thankful I am for all you have done during your time here on earth. You have touched my heart in numerous ways and so many others. I couldn’t be more grateful to call myself your granddaughter. You are my inspiration, you are my bright light in my life, you are my hero, you are my real life Cinderella, but now most importantly you are my guardian angel.
Rest in paradise my darling, I will be missing you everyday and I love you more than you can imagine. Xoxoxoxoxo