Saturday, May 8, 2010


My grandma was a strong woman and a stubborn one.
She believed in manners- even to the end when we were feeding her, her response was often "Thanks ever so much but I really don't want any."
She loved fiercely.
She believed that everyone should keep their thoughts to themselves- not in a bad way- rather that what's your business is yours and no one elses. Because of this, there are lots of secrets that she has carried to the grave.
She was cheeky herself, but called others 'cheeky buggers' or 'sneaky puss'.
She loved my grandpa to bits and missed him terribly when he died. They used to dance the quickstep together and win awards.
She always has lovely nails. When I was a kid I wanted her to file mine like hers but she said that she couldn't unless I stopped biting them- I did.
She served us Savoy Crackers with tasty cheese & gerkin or tasty cheese & tomato as a snack, always with lashings of white pepper. That pepper showed up in mashed potato too.
She always sat in the armchair and grandpa on the ground with Lindy, the dog.
She taught me how to 'sew' on a toy sewing machine that she and grandpa bought me.
She liked her coffee SO weak, instant- just a few granules of Nescafe Blend 43 with a squeeze of lemon.
She liked custard.
She was always taken by my engagement ring- ooing and ahhing whenever she saw it. I got to introduce and tell her about Toby over and over. She thought that 'he wanted a hair cut'. In a hospital bed, she said that she'd do it.
She hated having her photo taken, but always giggled when I took one. I'm so glad that I did.
And that I have these from our wedding, just 7 months ago.

She died tonight at around 7pm. The alzheimers had been stealing her mind and body away for some years, but it never took her essense.
We will miss you Grandma and we love you.


  1. Your Grandma sounds like an amazing person. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My Grandma died in 2005 after having alzheimers for a number of years. I know exactly what you mean by essense. I hope that you can find peace and comfort in the arms of your family and in God at this time. Our prayers are with you.

  2. Thanks for sharing these special memories Beck. I'm sorry to hear the sad news about your Grandma. Praying for you and all the family tonight. Ella xo

  3. Beautiful words and memories - and today is Mother's Day, an opportunity to laugh, cry and remember together. Praying God's comfort for you and your family. xx

  4. Beautiful reflections Beck. May Mother's Day today be a time to share all those memories with the family. Praying for you all. Jen xx

  5. mwah.... I'm glad you have so many great memories and some gorgeous photos. I hope you get to scrap them into a permanent memory for you and for your fmaily for many years to come! Prayers are with you guys. Love you. See you tonight!

  6. Sarah & Toli said
    Our thoughts are with you. We get a glimpse of the precious relationship you shared with your grandma...
    Keep the memories alive by eating with T savoy crackers with tasty cheese & gerkin, and doing the things you enjoyed together.

    With love s&t


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