Amazing Grace

I feel like I’ve just been given a slap in the face by fate for entitling this post the way I did.

I just found out this morning that my grandma passed away. She’d been sick for a while, and I didn’t know how much longer she’d make it. But it still doesn’t make the freight train of news any lighter.

God she was a tough woman. For the past four years, she’d been battling with various ailments, and she always bounced back. I joked that she was a Timex watch. She’d take a licking and keep on ticking.

I know she went quickly and I guess she went peacefully. She was all alone in the hospital when she passed away. She sent her husband out to get himself something to eat, and during that brief time when he wasn’t there, she went. Mom and dad just got there after, and sat with her a while. they said it looked like she was just sleeping. I hope it was peaceful. She didn’t need to suffer anymore.

This whole thing makes me think of a funny thought I had when I was a kid. Her name is Grace. So, whenever I’d here the song “Amazing Grace,” I thought they’d made the song for my grandma. Yep, I’m a loser kid. I’d sit there and think somebody really liked Grandma and wonder who it was and what Grandma had done to make them so happy.

When we were kids, she was always around. She lived right next door to mom and dad, so she’d often babysit. She’d invite us over for supper and ask us how we were doing. She usually had something cute or funny to say. She just had her 86th birthday, so I guess she had a pretty good life. I called her on her birthday, and we had a good conversation. She asked me if anyone had figured out how smart I was, i.e. had I found a job. I said no, and she said, “Then I’ll have to give some people a kick in the pants.” Man that made me laugh. I’m glad I called her on her birthday, even if I couldn’t make it home. Things aren’t going to be the same for a long time.

I don’t feel like I’m doing a good job of this at all. Maybe I should stop before I just start babbling without any focus. Goodbye Grandma, we’ll miss you. I know you didn’t want us to be sad, but we’ll still all miss you.

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