It was not unexpected and it seemed as if Grammy and my great aunt were in a bit of a race for whom was to go first. I had spoken with my mother several times and remarked that I thought it was a blessing they were both so ill together, because I thought it would be tremendously difficult for either of them to lose the other.
Grammy was too ill to attend the funeral and her health, as we suspected, has deteriorated even further since she got the news of her sister's passing. I am on the fence between praying her suffering ends and hoping she makes it until Christmas. Yes, we said goodbye this summer, but we are SO.CLOSE to seeing each other again....
|Letters from Grammy to me|
It shouldn't have been a surprise, but it was. In my grandmothers things, my mother found a binder full of letters my grandmother and great aunt had written to each other when my grandmother was in the service and my great aunt still in high school. They are HYSTERICAL! In one my great aunt tells all about how she and her best friend got completely drunk at their oldest sister New Year's Eve party. In another all the t's have been replaced with d's and b's and she ends with "As you can see, I have a horrible cold."
My great aunt has eight children of her own and several, who live out of town, came to visit with my grandmother while they were in town for their mother's funeral. Not only has my mother been able to reread these letters to my grandmother, making her laugh, but she has also been able to give her cousins a piece of the mother they never knew.
A true gift.