Thursday, January 15, 2009

Goodnight Grandma

This week I lost someone who I have known all my life. It was my grandma Bare. A lady who was one of the strongest humans I knew. Born on March 16th 1911 she has seen a lot and witnessed most of post war America. A lady who never complained, a lady who understood what selflessness was, a lady who was a true fighter. To me I know for certain I will never find anyone like her ever again, she was one of a kind.

One story I want to share with you is kind of sad and funny at the same time. It also shows her character and personality. Grandma within the last five years has been in a nursing home and was having circulation issues to the point that she had to have her leg amputated. After the surgery she was in a room recovering while we sat in there worried sick for her. She never showed any pain nor did she ever complain. Even though the doctor said she had to be in some pain. Of course when he asked her she gently said, "No, I am fine. Can I have some jello?" We all kind of chuckled and got her some jello. Moments after she was done with jello she asked a pretty simple question that just amazed us. Without seeing the clock she just simply asked, "Isn't Oprah on?" And wouldn't you know it was ten till four o'clock and time for Oprah. To me she could had layed there and cried about her sitituation, but she didn't. Reason being she saw no use in it. To her you just take what life hands you and go on. What a lesson, a lesson that could be learned by a lot of us, me included.

She will be missed by all of us. I will miss how she never but herself first and made sure that others needs were met before hers. May you rest in peace Grandma. I love you and I will try to never forget the lessons you taught me. Goodnight.


Andrea said...

What a sweet tribute to your grandma Ken! You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Andrea said...

P.S.It was so good to talk to you today!!

Anna A. said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Ken. I can tell your grandma was a very special person.