Saturday, May 7, 2011

going home

For weeks Grandma has been in and out of the hospital with some in between time at a nursing home. Her great plan was to make it home by Mother's Day. And she did.

Grandma passed away Friday evening. As patient as Grandpa always is, I'm sure he was grateful she finally came. I love this picture of them (above) taken in 1941 on the streets of Chicago. Arm-in-arm, he listening to every word she said, and she saying a LOT of words.

Three Interesting Things:
1. I loved hearing the stories of the two of them and their social life. They would often hit the strip clubs with their friends, probably when she was about my age. Apparently that's just what one would do with one's spouse and friends on a Saturday night. They loved banging the little hammers on the table and chanting, "Take it off! Take it off! Take it off!" Makes me rethink our current social life and date night. Nate, do you have any little hammers lying around? We might need 'em.

2. She only had one kidney. One time, many years ago in the hospital, a resident came into her room, all very earnest-like and said, "Um, well, excuse me. But did you know you only have one kidney?!" Without blinking an eye her reply was, "Well what did you do with the other one?!" And then she laughed. I think eventually he laughed too.

3. She and her sisters swear that their father's second wife killed him. And then she ran off with his car. Its like a true-life Agatha Christie, right in my family.

I really hope the Cubs make it through this year. She's only been able to cheer them on for a few weeks of the season. The remainder of this season must be done without their most ardent fan cheering them on and sharing "encouraging words" from her comfortable chair in her living room.

Grandma, you'll truly be missed down here. But I can only imagine what you and your sisters are gossiping about and what your latest schemes are. And I'm so happy your Steady is there to be by your side. Just be sure the two of you stay out of trouble!

Love you


Wendy said...

What a sweet post Sarah, I am sure she is glad to be home. Strip clubs? really? we are really boring now.

Seriously... said...

I love that old picture! and love the stories you shared...too funny!

Ollievie said...

this post makes me wish i had known your grandma. no wonder you're so smart and fun, it's in your genes.

amy said...

grandma sounds like a blast! i would love to have been able to pal around town with her. these are the types of people that make life so fun & vibrant. thanks for sharing that fabulous picture & stories.

p.s. we're coming to phoenix the end of this month. 5/25 - 5/30. would LOVE to see you!!

amy said...

p.s. it's been a long, blah day for me. this post has been the first thing that has brought a laugh & light into my day. that grandma of yours must have great talent!!

Anonymous said...

Should we hit a few clubs next time your in town? Just kidding...

Gina said...

That was so sweet. Your grandma sounds like a hoot!