Sunday, August 21, 2016

My Grandmother-An End of an Era

As I rode the plane back to Omaha a few weeks ago, I  reminisced about the 10 days in Jacksonville. I experienced every emotion during my time there. I cried a little but laughed a lot. It is never a bad thing to be surrounded by family even if under sad circumstances. As my grandmother wanted it, though, it was a celebration of her life. I saw many relatives and friends, some of which I had not seen in over 30 years. It was like we had just seen each other last week. 

I looked through pictures that reminded me of many happy times. It was very surreal staying at my grandmother's house with her no longer there and had to take a deep breath when I left her house for the last time. I'm glad that I got to spend time with family, especially my father.  It was hard leaving him even though I talk to him on a regular basis from home, it's not the same as being there. 

It goes without saying that loss is a bitter reminder of how important it is to cherish the times we have with each other. As Tim McGraw said it best in his song, "Live Life as if You're Dying," we should all take advantage of the moments. 

As much as I do and always will love Jacksonville, I was ready to get home. Life goes on. Grandma would not stand for any of us dwelling on and being sad that she's gone. She is finally where she wanted to be. I'll miss our Friday talks but I know she is finally home. Now we must continue to live up to up to the legacy she left behind. I love you "Grand-ma-ma."  I won't let you down. 

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