Monday, May 12, 2014

But a hello

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


XO, A


15 comments:

Pamela said...

So sorry for your loss!!! She sounded like a wonderful woman!!

Tiffany said...

Oh Ashley, I am so sorry. Losing a Grandma is so hard. I'll be praying for your sweet family.

Lindsay said...

Grandma Shirley was a gem! Landyn talks about her often! Sending your family so much love! And hug Coleen for me.

Ginger said...

I'm sorry. Ashley

P!nky said...

Oh sweet friend, I am so very sorry for your loss. I lost my grandmother five years ago and it still stings. Praying for you and your family.

Grandma Shirley sounds wonderful though. I love the term "big boob" how classically insulting ;)!

<3

Brooke said...

I'm so sorry:(

megan said...

So sorry for your loss, Ashley. She sounds like an amazing, vibrant lady.

Katie said...

Thinking of you and your family! What a fun life to celebrate and look forward to reuniting with in heaven :) xoxo

Whitney @ EHFAR said...

I'm so sorry girl :-(

Taren said...

So sorry for your loss! You will see her again one day!

Shannon said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but I can speak first hand that Grandmas named Shirley truly are the best!

Brittany said...

So sorry she sounds like she was a great grandma

Ashley said...

I'm so sorry Ashley, she sounded like an amazing role model! College classes in her 70's? So impressive! Hope your family is doing ok. Thinking of you guys.

Sara Louise said...

I know that I'm very late in saying this, and for that, I apologize, but I am so very sorry you lost your grandma. Sending you lots of hugs --> OOO

Katie said...

been thinking about you, dear.

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