This week, a very wonderful woman left this Earth for a better place. To the countless lives that she touched, our family included, she was known as Grandma Frances. Frances lived a life with a tight-knit family, as well as an extended family that was created over years of truly wonderful care.
Frances came into the lives of my brother and I as our before-and-after elementary school caretaker. I vividly remember buttered toast and Bozo the clown on T.V. before school, and her forever-famous caramel rolls after school. A calm, yet direct nature about her required no need for interpretation, and helped us all feel secure in her care. We spent many years growing up and growing close to Grandma Frances.
The truth for me with Frances’ passing is recognizing how people can come and go from your life, and yet some thirty years later, still have an impact. The moment I heard of her passing, the memories of her were as clear in my head and heart as if they were yesterday. Times like these remind me to stop and enjoy those moments more today; they also make me more aware that not all things, or lives, are forever.
So on this day where I remember and say ‘goodbye’ to someone special, I also challenge myself to enjoy those who are still with me and may not be in the few years ahead. We all have these people in our lives. Now is the time to create “forever” memories.
She will be missed