Wednesday, April 26, 2006

My gran

Today is the anniversary of my granny's death. She would have been 85 years and 8 days old. A wonderful woman, with a dodgy titter that my daughter has inherited (that'll teach DH and Deb to laugh at my gran :)), she gave me a love of walking, blackberries and churchyards.

Her first name was Susie and she hated it, so people called her Sue or Sir, but she was gran to me. A staunch royalist, devoted to Diana Princess of Wales, she somewhat conversley read The Sun and The Daily Star everyday. She hated pubs, but loved snooker and darts on TV. She worshipped tennis (hated MacEnroe), didn't care for football/soccer.

She was a complete TV addict and she introduced me to romance novels. Whenever my sisters & I stayed over, we slept with her and grandad got evicted to the backroom.

Such wonderful memories. She died of cancer eight days after I got married.

17 comments:

  1. She sounds like she was a real character, Toni. Love that she booted your grandad from the bed to make room for you guys. She must have loved you something fierce!

    It's plain to see she holds a special place in your heart. Cherish your memories of her and be sure to share those memories with your children. She'd like that, I'm sure.

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  2. Ah, how sad. But what wonderful memories. The best type of granny to have.

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  3. The memories are good. And sad.

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  4. Your Gran was brill - we used to think she looked like the Queen (a younger Queen to today...) It's 3 years this weekend since my Nan died too - lovely people, lovely memories.

    Your
    Grandad is pretty darn fine too!!

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  5. It's nice that you keep her so close to you still. Remember that she's only a thought away. (((Toni)))

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  6. Susan9:52 am

    It sounds to me that your gran was a wonderful woman. Your lucky to have had such a great relationship with her.

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  7. ((Deb))we were lucky our grandarents put up with our friends too!! Your poor gran! Biscuit anyone? Bless her.

    Grandad is great, I'm about to phoe him and then edit for the day.

    Eve, she is close, but lately it is like she's slipping away. There are possible family reasons for that. I'll never forget her though.

    Susan, I was very lucky. Oh--I forgot to mention the tea thing? My family, starting with gran drinks gallons of tea everyday. Very funny.

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  9. ruby551:29 pm

    Your gran must have been a very special person. I don't really have warm memories of the grandmother that I got to know the longest. She was always a "sourpuss" who denigrated my mother, her daughter-in-law. She always felt my father could have done better--sort of a holdover from the "class" thing. After all her husband was a civil servant while my mother's father was "just" a mechanic, even if he was the best refrigeration mechanic, then in its infancy, in all of Berlin, Germany. Later he also came to Canada like our family did and he was the person who did all the trouble-shooting for all things to do with refrigeration until the early 60s.

    He lost his wife just before my mother and her sister each gave birth to their second child. So I was only 5 when she died. She was present when I came into the world looking like Snow White. Everything my mother told me about her and I must have experienced for the first 3 years of my life spoke of gentleness and tolerance. Just the opposite of my other grandmother. Sometimes I still wonder how different things would have been if we'd had her longer. This grandma wasn't particularly intelligent but more importantly, she was wise.

    So cherish every memory of her and pass them on to your kids.

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  10. Ruby, shame you lost your one granny so young. My other granny wasn't a bad person, but we weren't as close. Some bonds are special, and you know it.

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  11. She sounds absolutely wonderful, Toni. I'm so glad you have such wonderful memories of her that will last a lifetime. :-)

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  12. Toni ... she lives still -- through you. It's a wonderful legacy to leave. Makes me wish I'd known my grandparents.

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  13. Honey, she's not slipping away, she's there. You're just so busy that you can't hear her. Find a quiet spot, close your eyes and think of her. See her face? Yeah, there she is. That's where she'll be forever. All you have to do is close your eyes. (((hugs)))

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  14. Ah. Sounds like she was a wonderful woman. Instilled some great gifts in you and your daughter :)

    My gran is named Sue as well.

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  15. Grandmothers are so special - This will be my first birthday (Sunday) to not have spoken to or been with mine - ever - she never missed a one.

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  16. Thanks guys.
    Kendra--I didn't know that! Hope she's fit and well!!
    (((Dennie)))

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  17. {{{{{{{{TONI}}}}}}}}}

    I completely understand how much you miss her!

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