22 November 2009

Grandparents

My grandmother would have been 82 today (well, technically yesterday now that we've crept past midnight).
She died when she was 68.
It was terrible.
We were close.
I adored her.
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People say I look like her.
That thrills me, because she was beautiful.
I went to Ireland to visit family friends when I was 19. I got off the bus in Donegal, and a woman whom I had never met came up to me and said, "You must be Jenny, you look exactly like Caryl."
I know my grandmother would have adored Gabriel.
This is the first year that I'm going into the holiday season with both of my mom's parents gone.
I miss them both.
It really sucks.
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Grandma (holding Bev), Nadine, Sandra
The oldest of her sisters, looking nonplussed about this whole holiday picture thing.

Grandma

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My Grandmother

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