Goodbye Granny....

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Well, tonight I got some very sad news. My grandmother, Charlotte, passed away tonight.

My granny was a heck of a lady. She's in most of my best childhood memories: the trips in the back of the car going to Myrtle Beach, cutting out construction-paper bats and pumpkins to tape to the windows at Halloween, roasting marshmallows over the gas burner at her house, even showing me how to build a little house out of rocks and moss for my army men when I was seven or so.

A couple of years ago I interviewed her and made a little documentary video of her memories. It was a big hit in my family and she was so proud of it. She said she was now a "movie star." The story was a compelling one: She grew up pretty poor in the coal mining region of West Virginia, but she made it through even the toughest of times after my grandpa, a miner, died when my mom was a baby. She re-married a Hungarian man, and she told me great stories about having to slaughter 10 chickens in a night to feed all her company on weekends because "my cooking was so good!" :-)

I'm so happy that she got to meet Jenny (and loved her a lot), and that she knew that we are going to have a baby.

I'll miss you granny. I love you very much.


Jane said...

I'm very sorry to hear about your grandma, Joe. She sounds like an amazing woman.

jen a. said...

i'm so sorry to hear your sad news-- our thoughts are with you.

Gabe said...

as jen already said, we're so sorry for your loss, joe. i know what an important part of our lives grandmas are.