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Update...

My Grandmother died last night. It was a sudden cardiac event. She didn't suffer. It's surprising since her recovery had been going so well.  I'm still processing... Here are some hastily jotted lines:

They called you Virginia, a family name
Steeped in Arkansas fields and Mississippi water,
A proud man with an empty sleeve and a kind woman
With always enough to share. 

They called you Sis, the youngest and only girl,
Two brothers taken from home and changed by war. 
The nieces and nephews and cousins far flung
Always fondly recall. 

They called you Ginger, apt for snap and spirit,
Dancing the jitterbug with a curly-headed husband. 
Fitting when strawberry locks replaced those more salt than pepper,
Always on the go. 
I called you Grandmother, a loving soul,
Smelling of sun-dried clothes on the line. 
A hard-working, independent lady with an easy laugh,
Always missed. 

Comments

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hardboiledbaby
Mar. 29th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
That's a lovely tribute, hon. I'm so sorry for your loss. *hugs*
antesqueluz
Mar. 30th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your kind words. *hugs*
jaylee_g
Mar. 29th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
*hugs* Oh sweetie, I'm so sorry. :(
antesqueluz
Mar. 30th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Thank you. *hugs*
smudley
Mar. 29th, 2012 04:51 am (UTC)
{{HUGS}} I'm so sorry to hear this, hon. Your tribute is so loving and paints a portrait of an incredible person. I'm hugging you tight to my heart, keeping you and your family in my thoughts, and wishing you all peace and comfort.
antesqueluz
Mar. 30th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. She was something else! *hugs*
elayna88
Mar. 29th, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry. She sounds like a wonderful lady. *hugs*
antesqueluz
Mar. 30th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
Thank you. *hugs*
maxwrite
Mar. 29th, 2012 05:21 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry, love. *hugs*
antesqueluz
Mar. 30th, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
Thank you. *hugs*
angus_honey
Mar. 29th, 2012 06:03 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry...it seems ironic after what you said about both your grandmothers that she should die first and so suddenly and...out of character. But I bet she's glad it happened like that; she didn't seem the type of woman who would have wanted to hang around getting older so she bowed out at the top of her game!

What a tribute you've paid to her and what an incentive to get on with your own life in the same vein! :O)
antesqueluz
Mar. 30th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
Mama B was shocked that she outlived her, that's for sure! But you're right. She would prefer to die with her boots on than to dwindle. Thank you for your kind words. *hugs*
xanthe
Mar. 29th, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
That's such a lovely tribute to her! I'm so sorry for your loss but she sounds like a wonderful lady who led a very full life.
antesqueluz
Mar. 30th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. She was one-of-a-kind.
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antesqueluz
Mar. 30th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, sweetheart. *hugs*
metallikirk
Mar. 29th, 2012 09:46 am (UTC)
I am so so sorry to hear of your loss. *hugs* You wrote her a truly wonderful tribute.
antesqueluz
Mar. 30th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your kind words. *hugs*
writer_klmeri
Mar. 30th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
*hugs*

I'm sorry. My condolences to you and your family. And this is a lovely piece to honor her by.

*hugs again*
antesqueluz
Mar. 30th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. I appreciate the hugs! *hugs back*
silver_cyanne
Mar. 30th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
I am so sorry.
antesqueluz
Mar. 30th, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
Thank you. It means a lot.
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antesqueluz
Mar. 30th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. *hugs*
severina2001
Mar. 30th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss.
antesqueluz
Apr. 6th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. *hugs*
persnickett
Mar. 31st, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
So beautiful. Condolences, friend.
antesqueluz
Apr. 6th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
f_m_r_l
Mar. 31st, 2012 05:02 am (UTC)
*hugs*
antesqueluz
Apr. 6th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
*hugs back*
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antesqueluz
Apr. 6th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, dear. *hugs*
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