Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dear grandma


My granny passed away yesterday. She was almost 93. She taught me many important things, like the fact that people never really stop smoking they just quit buying their own. She also advised me to wear a large wide brimmed hat when driving a car, because that makes male drivers forgive most mistakes you may make on the road. I think she was speaking from experience. She travelled all over the world. She had 5 kids. She trekked in Himalaya in her 70s. She read extensively. She had so many friends.

I remember her telling a story of how she, as a young woman, once went to a dance and was asked to dance by a man with a very high regard for himself. He asked her for her name. She replied "Petersson" which wasn't her name, but a very common Swedish name, just to spite him. He left her there and then on the dance floor. No lie.



21 comments:

  1. My heartfelt sympathy! my grandma died 5 years ago. I think of her every single day.

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  2. Now I KNOW you need my babka recipe! Will email later.

    I am so sorry.

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  3. Dear E, what a beautifully composed post on such a sad day for you. My thoughts are with you. My nan is 92 and I dread the day she leaves us - she's such an inspiration. I too shall have lots of fond memories though and funny stories from her childhood (collecting apples in her knickers, as a triplet sleeping in the bath, meeting my grandad during the war at the YMCA which is down the road form where I now live). At least we shall always smile when our hearts breathe the word 'Grandma'. take care, Nic x

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  4. It sounds like she was a ridiculously funny and fantastic person.

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  5. emi, i'm so sorry for your loss. x

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  6. so sorry for your loss emi.
    that picture is adorable.

    irina

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  7. So sorry for your loss. Your grandma sounds like quite a fine lady.

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  8. She sounds like she was an amazing person who lived an amazing life. I'm sorry for your loss.

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  9. I've always remembered your earlier post about driving with a wide-brimmed hat--it evinces such joie de vivre and humour. Your grandmother's sounds like a beautiful life, well led.

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  10. Emi, sorry for your loss. It sounds like your grandmother led a wonderful, adventure filled life.

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  11. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I know how you feel. There are things that grandmothers handle so much better than mothers, and for that I'll always be grateful.

    You're in my thoughts.

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  12. Dear Emi,

    I'm so sorry for your loss. But I'm glad for the years you had with your fabulous grandmother.

    My grandmother continues to shape my life--even though she passed on almost 20 years ago.

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  13. dear emi,

    so sorry for your loss. *hugs*

    reen

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  14. My grandfather passed away last year and sometimes now when I make decisions I think "Would this make him proud of me?"
    I'm so sorry about your loss.

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  15. Oh, the way you talk about your granny is beautiful and very touching, I'm sure she would love it...

    Sorry for your loss!

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  16. Dear Em,
    It sounds like she lived her life in full. Not many women of her time were able to do that. I am happy for you.

    xx malin

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  17. (happy for that you got to have such a great Grandma ofcourse!!)

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  18. So sorry for your loss, she sounds like such a cool person. You obviously follow in her footsteps!

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  19. Åh jag beklagar! En sådan kvinna är något att stå efter när man själv blir mormor/farmor någon dag... xxx

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