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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Show & Tell

This week's Show & Tell is very special to me. It's a photograph taken tonight of me with my grandmother (Mary) and my mom. Three generations - we like taking those photos.

My DH and I had my grandparents and my mom & her husband over for dinner tonight. I can pretty much guarantee that it will be the last time that we are all together in our house. You see, Mary has cancer. That's not the surprising part - she's had cancer for 28 years. You wouldn't know by looking at her how sick she really is. She's a beautiful woman - always has been!

The bad part is that the cancer is winning now. It's heartbreaking to see her in pain, tired, and withering away to nothing. The worst part is that there isn't a damn thing that any of us can do about it.

We had a wonderful dinner (thanks to me!), drinks, and dessert. Mary ate more than I've seen her eat in a long time. I'd cook up a storm every meal and take it to her if I knew she'd eat like that every time. Mary lasted at least three hours, which is a long time for her these days. It was such a special time with us all being together, and I wish it could've last forever.

Unfortunately for my part, there will only be these three generations, not four. How disappointing. My children would really need to know their great grandmother (known by the other kids as "Mary the Great"!). I will have to share all of those memories and stories and strength from my grandmother with them.

Obviously I've learned that there are no guarantees, and life is one of them. We love you, Mary.


Stephanie said...

I'm so glad you were able to have such a wonderful night with Mary. I'm sure she will cherish the memories forever. ((hugs))

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful pic. Grandmothers are the most wonderful things...

Janna said...

What a sweet treasure. I'm sure she thoroughly enjoyed the evening with you and your mom, and I'm sure it just blessed her heart so much to know that you took the time to make even more wonderful memories with her.

My children will never know their great grandmother either, and that just breaks my heart. She passed away a year ago. I just have to keep telling myself that she will live on as I pass on all the "treasures" that she taught me. And I will be able to show them so many pictures of their Memaw. So they may not "know" her, but they sure will know all about her!!

Lollipop Goldstein said...

What a beautiful picture and story. It's special to have that adult relationship with your grandmum--I cherish mine too.

Deborah said...

That is a wonderful picture and a beautiful group of ladies!

Shannon said...

Grandma's are a wonderful gift, Im glad you're able to share such special memories with yours.

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