My Grandma Shirley passed away today.
And there's something about grandma's you know. There's no one like them. Grandma Krieger happened to love big hats and even bigger sunglasses. I think she adored fashion as much as I do.
She never had on less than an armful of bangles. She was fond of bright lipstick and she said "gratzi" instead of "gracias" in every Mexican restaurant we ever went to. She was a terrible cook (totally inherited that one from her) and her worst insult was to call someone a "big boob."
She was a painter and filled the house with portraits of my dad and aunt. She took college classes even in her 70s. She played the piano like me when she was younger and was my most adoring fan. I still remember her sitting all misty-eyed on the plastic-covered couch in the sunken living room as I played Bethoven and declaring it "perfection."
|Grandma, Grandpa, me and Shannon at Disney|
Whenever we would visit, she would announce that her son and his family were here...whether it be to a waiter, the bank teller, the grocery store clerk....she didn't care! And although she used a crutch to walk, she insisted on attending every Disney Land trip, just to sit on the benches and watch our excited faces. She was silly and always smiling.
Grandma and Baby Landyn
And one kiss was never enough - she would assault your cheek with no less than four. Give you the longest-squeeze-the-air-out-of-your-lungs-hugs and call you things like "angel lovey-love face."
She was great. And not only that, she gave me this great man.
and my sweet Aunt Bambi (I have great aunts!)
It had been since my college years since the last time I saw her. I didn't get a chance to say goodbye (how many really do?) but what's important is not goodbye but hello. A hello and a big hug that I know I will get to give my grandma when we see each other again in heaven....where I have no doubt she will be decked out with the biggest, brightest and most jingly jewels of all time.
"But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" - 1 Cor. 15:54-55