Saturday, May 26, 2012

In Honor of Our Grammie--My Biggest Fan


Youngest, Ashley feeding Grammie toast dipped in coffee
Our beloved Grammie passed away yesterday afternoon. She'd suffered tremendously after a severe stroke in November, but boy she put up one helluva fight. She was my husband's grandmother, but after 21 years and her being one of my biggest fans, the loss is a great one in my life. However, I'd like this post to be in her honor, not about my grief. 

A mother of eight, grandmother to (gosh, I've lost count!) over 40, and a great-grandmother to (again, lost count) I believe eleven now, she loved us all the same. That woman had more love (and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper!) in her heart than anyone else on this earth. She even loved the homeless man on the corner who pushed a wobbly cart, full of all his possessions. I wouldn't be surprised to learn she'd picked him up every Sunday and hauled him to church with her. She was like that. She loved us all, no matter what.

Today's post is about honor. Honoring your craft. When I said earlier that Grammie was one of my biggest fans, I wasn't kidding. Throughout her home, adorning her walls, still hangs my art. My juvenile, first attempts with oil paints, decorate almost every room. Just thinking about walking through her home, collecting all of them to take home with me, will be difficult. 

She, of all the people in my life, honored my craft. She was my biggest fan. She honored my artistry more than I do. If she could've strung my stories up page by page across her home, she would've. Every single time I was in her precious company, she asked me about my writing. She really asked me. Not just to make conversation, she really wanted to know about it. She had the beautiful gift of making everyone around her feeling as if they were the most special person in the world.

Honor thy craft. She did. She crocheted. Knitting is an art, same as painting, writing, dancing, etc. One of the ways she honored her craft is she taught others. The week before her stroke, she had two of her lovely granddaughters over, attempting to teach them to knit. Those sweet young ladies knitted by her side, in the hospital her entire stay, which was well over two months. I found a sweet post about crocheting and honoring the craft, you can read it here:  Do you honor your craft? Whatever your craft is, honor it.

In loving memory of Grammie. I promise to honor my craft. I will write until my heart's content.

"Whether you make the most of an opportunity depends on if you are prepared. Learn your craft, every aspect of it. Eat it, drink it, sleep it, then when you are the most prepared, you can make the most of it. "
Christopher Judge




                             
                                                  


 
 





19 comments:

  1. I, too, am facing losing my greatest fan, and it near tears the heart out of me. So I can only imagine what your loss is doing to you.

    You are a special lady for the perspective you placed on your tribute to your greatest fan and your noble, loving life example.

    We cannot change the wounds left by those we love leaving us. But we can honor their memory by being the best that we can be ... and trying to live up to the image they had of us ... harder than it sounds and more rewarding for those around us, who are also bearing invisible wounds.

    My prayers are with you. Always your friend, Roland

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful words, Roland. I, too, am so sorry for you. Facing an upcoming loss of a loved one is sometimes more difficult than the actual loss when it happens.

      Yes, being the best we can be is our greatest tribute.

      Keeping you in my thoughts as well. :)) ~C.

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  2. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Grammie. She sounds like she was a most amazing woman, a most wonderful inspiration to you. Take care
    x

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    1. Thank you for your sweet sentiments. I appreciate your support. :)

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  3. I am so sad n' sorry to hear, you lost this special lady! My grandmother was like yours! She bought my first painting and told me now I was an artist. I miss her~ What a wonderful tribute to such an amazing lady! Yes, make her proud! (((hugs)))

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    1. Thanks for the cyber hugs. :) Your poem about the Scouts was absolutely beautiful!

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  4. Sorry for your loss. Keep the memories of her loving support in your heart so they can continue to give you strength.

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    1. Thank you, Alex. And yes, I will cherish every single memory and there are many. :))

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  5. I am so sorry to hear about your grandma. It sounds like Heaven received a feisty little Angel. Enjoyed reading your tribute to your gram's.

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  6. precious memorial for your wonderful gram! sorry for your loss, but i'm sure she's smiling down on you!

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  7. I'm so sorry for your loss, she sounds like a wonderful person. Your tribute to your Grammie was beautiful and touching. And she's still your biggest fan, smiling down on you and your family, reading all the heartfelt words you string across the page (and the screen), and praying for your success each and every day. Thoughts and prayers from my family to yours.

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear that. What a wonderful tribute. Hugs!

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  9. Gossip Girl, Tara, Michael & Talli, thank you for your kind words. I'm a bit nervous about today. It is the day of her funeral. Even those who've been so brave over the past few months are going to struggle with today's services.

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  10. I am so sorry about your loss, dear Candy. It sounds like Grandma was an amazing person and will be missed by so many.

    I have lost both of my grandmothers a long ago and I miss them every day. My dad's Mom was very crafty too, and I still have a few of her creations (crocheted and embroidered).

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  11. Candilynn, thanks for sharing this lovely tribute with us. I want to respect my craft more, and respect the art in others as well. So sorry about your dear Grammie. Hugs.

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  12. Oh Candy, you made me tear up with this. I'm so glad you had someone this amazing in your life and that her memory inspires you to honor your craft. Thank you so much for sharing about your Grammie.

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  13. Thank you for your visit and comments, Angela, Faith and Juliana. :))

    Wednesday was tough, but now over. Phew. It's time to push on, rejoice in her memory. She wouldn't want me (or anyone in her life) to wallow in sadness over our loss.

    Love you, Grammie. :))

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