Jun
12

Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never come. But: we have this moment today.
These words were found in a journal my grandmother kept, a journal no one knew about until after she {recently} passed away. Page after page, filled with heart-warming quotes of inspiration and good energy. No one will ever know where she originally found this material.

Even though my grandmother has left this earth, I felt her existence in Florida this week. Grandpa’s home is still filled with many of grandma’s belongings including items such as hair products and cute little pink Q-tips. I borrowed grandma’s hairspray and very carefully put it right back in the cabinet where I found it. I used her cute little pink Q-tips in hopes of connecting to a part of her existence. In the refrigerator, I found a batch of candies grandma {attempted} to make and although no one will ever eat them, neither grandpa nor I had the courage to throw them out.

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This is the beautiful journal the funeral home put together for our family. It includes obituary, condolences, and photos. Grandpa had a copy made just for me.

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The Florida sun offers radiance….

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This was grandma’s journal… 

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A difficult pursuit, I read through grandma’s journal wanting to copy down every page. The words unambiguous, every phrase and quote relevant to what I needed to see. More important than copying the journal, I took on a silent task of preserving each and every word written. Had I had courage, I would have asked grandpa if I could some day have that journal, but I wasn’t so bold.

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Grandpa gifted me with grandma’s wedding ring, it is so special to me.

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This is a photo of my grandma as a child with who I assume to be her parents (she was adopted which makes things complicated)

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This is a photo of my grandmother & the baby version of ME! 

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My favorite photo shows my mother, her brother and sister as children – so cute!

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Another photo of my mother with her siblings and grandmother (my great-grandmother) 

“Laugh a lot and all of your wrinkles will move up where they belong!” – grandma

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Crista