Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Good People, A Good Place

I am guilty of knocking the place in which I grew up.  It's not an area that shows much promise.  Business is moving out instead of in.  Many of the shops that I frequented when I was local are vacant.  It seems like the people who live there are content to let it die rather than invest in the potential it has to offer. Being there generally does not fill me with warm fuzzies.

I need to stop. 

While it was not a place where I wanted to raise my children, it was a perfectly good place for my sister and I to grow up... and my parents... and my grandmother.

Over 400 people came through the funeral home this weekend to pay their respects to Grammy and my family.

FOUR HUNDRED

To pay tribute to a housewife from a small little town in The Great White North. She didn't even drive!

But she touched people. Many people.  So did her children.

People came to send her off with their best wishes.

Childhood friends of both of my parents....  My mother's pastor and members of her congregation, even though that is not the church my grandparents attend....  My mother's former coworkers from the place from which she retired 5 years ago....  People who remember my grandmother's kindness when they lost their own parents...  The waitress from my parents' favorite restaurant.

Because it WAS a nice place to grow up... Because the people matter, and if not my grandmother herself, then my parents and my aunts and uncles were more than a name listed in an obituary.  They are friends, coworkers and patrons.

I need to stop knocking the town in which I grew up, even if it's not the place I am choosing to raise my own children.

I come from good people.  I come from a good place. 
 

10 comments:

torinelson said...

So sorry for your loss, but what a gift to see what a huge impact and how many people loved your grandmother. She must have been a really special lady!

The Dose of Reality said...

A beautiful tribute to your Granny and a tribute to your hometown. Well done. :)

Bev Feldman said...

I am very sorry for your loss. That was such a sweet story, and to have that kind of impact! You must be so proud of her.

Diane said...

Sounds like it was a beautiful service...a tribute to what a special lady she was, which was no doubt a comfort for all of you. Hugs.

Shell said...

Your grandma must have been such a wonderful woman!

It sounds like you come from a tight-knit community.

Maybe I need to apply your sort of thinking to where I live now instead of knocking it so much...

OneMommy said...

So, so sorry to hear of your loss. She sounds like a remarkable lady, and a wonderfully tight-knit group of people.

Aleta said...

Hugs, prayers for you and your family. Your grandmother sounds like an amazing woman.. 400 people, a testament to the beauty of her spirit.

Babes Mami said...

That is so amazing! I hate on the small town that I'm from too but when my Grandpa died, there were all kinds of people there, people he knew from groups that I didn't even know he was in. I was sad that I got to know him a little better after he was gone. I'm sorry for your loss but how amazing that she touched so many.

Mimi B said...

What a great testament to who your grandma was and what a good place you came from. Sometimes it takes looking back to see that some things weren't the way we really thought. I'm glad you come from such a good place. =)

Roxanne said...

What a great tribute to your grandmother.

I do the same, insulting the place I grew up. But the places we live have a huge impact on who we are and who we become.