I’ll Miss You, Granny

May 4, 2011

“Oh I have a curly-head”, she said in a voice full of laughter with a big grin on her face as she tousled my hair and helped me out of the car.  We were a little nervous about meeting our new step-dad’s family, but Granny put us at ease with her big hugs, smiles and Welch’s Grape Juice.  That was my first memory of her and I’ll keep it in my heart always.

It had been a long two day drive from Washington to California where our new home was going to be.  She offered us cool drinks as she led us into her duplex just over the hill from where Dad’s sister and the rest of the family had gone to see the Dodgers play.  Her home was fashionably red and black Chinese decor, very lush yet comfortable with big mirrors.  There was a tiny back yard where we’d play with our new cousins very shortly.  She said everyone would be home soon and offered us more grape juice.

Her name was Clara.  She wore very high heels and had shapely legs.  She taught me to knit.  She gave us giant chocolate bunnies for Easter.  She brought home real silver dollars and chocolate coins for us every time she went to Las Vegas and gave me a charm bracelet with all the famous hotels dangling from it.  She let us eat a whole box of Sees candies at Christmas and didn’t make us stop goofing off at the kid table in the kitchen during all the big family holiday meals where we were segregated from the adults.

Time slipped by.  We grew up and moved away.  We kept in touch long distance with cards for all the appropriate holidays.  I wish I had gotten to know her better.  As a woman, not just ‘Grandma’.  Goodbye Granny, I’ll miss you.


6 Responses to “I’ll Miss You, Granny”

  1. Nell Jean Says:

    You are fortunate to have known her. She taught you valuable lessons of love and grace that you may pass on to other children. I’m sorry for your loss.

  2. Thank you Nell Jean, I am fortunate indeed.

  3. What sweet memories. I too wish I had known my granny when I was an adult. I would ask her for all her stories. Lovely post. 🙂

  4. Thanks for stopping by Ms. S.

  5. Candace Says:

    That’s a sweet tribute to what sounds like a very kind woman. Sorry for your loss.

  6. Thank you Candace.

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