Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Free like a dragonfly

I got a call from my mom very early in the morning today, and as soon as I heard the phone ring, I knew why she was calling. My grandmother had been admitted to the hospital earlier this week for pneumonia, and last night, the pneumonia won. She was 94, and if she had made it one more week, she and my grandfather would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. But it was time. Grandma once said that she imagined dying to be like a dragonfly, finally free to leave the beautiful pond of life, drifting away on iridescent wings.


Grandma in late 2006, showing off the socks I knit her. She wore them very nearly
every day for the rest of her life.


If it weren't for this amazing woman, I wouldn't have had a role model of a woman who read voraciously, swam everyday well into her 80s, played basketball, almost always voted the opposite of her husband, and signed up for computer classes when she was in her late 70s. I wouldn't know how to knit. I would not be the person I am. I am so grateful for her life.

20 comments:

judy said...

Your Grandmother sounds like an amazing persona and wonderful role model. Lucky for you to have had her in your life. I love her sentiment. Perfect..
I am also very sorry for your loss. I know it isn't an easy one.

Cathi said...

I'm so sorry, Bryna. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Margene said...

She is beautiful. How wonderful you had such a strong role model! My condolences on your loss.

Ginny said...

I am so sorry about your grandmother, but grateful that you had someone like her in your life. She sounds awesome.

jennsquared said...

I remember you making the socks for her, and I remember when you proudly show this picture to the world as well. So very sorry for your lost - I can only give you a cyber hug for now... ::HUG:: and please give one to your mom from me as well.

Lía said...

I'm so sorry for you and your family. Mis condolencias y un abrazo,
Lía

Jessica said...

So sorry for your loss. Sounds like she had an awesome life though. Take solace in that.

FemiKnitMafia said...

Oh, honey, I'm so sorry! But this photo represents the perfect moment to remember.

more cows than people said...

sending love to you and yours in this time of loss.

"free like a dragonfly"- how lovely.

and i loved this picture both times you posted it.

Jenn said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, but I'm so glad you had such an amazing woman in your life.

mazhalai said...

very sorry to hear this news. you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. {hugs}

YogaWorks TT 2007 said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Grandma sounds like a phenomenal spirit.

Beth S. said...

I'm sorry about your loss. What a wonderful role model she must have been for you!

jasmine said...

I am thinking of you and hold on to all of those great memories.

Octopus Knits said...

I'm sorry about your grandma. She sounds like she had a beautiful interpretation of passing on...

Sunflowerfairy said...

I'm so sorry to hear of her passing, and of your loss.

It seems like she was an amazing woman.

((Hugs))

claudia said...

Your grandmother sounds like she was a great lady.

Organicknitter said...

I am so sorry for your loss, You write so beautifully about her. I am so happy for you you had a chance to be touched in your life by such a wonderful person.

Deenz said...

Many condolences with hugs...

Whining Procrastinator said...

Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for reminding me of my grandmother. Grandmothers are such a gift - I'm glad you got to keep her as long as you did!