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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Spending Time With Our Missing Piece

Eight children, seven raised into adulthood, nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and counting.
An impressive resume for a woman not quite five feet tall, even in heels.
You are invited to call her Nan, as most people do, though her name is Eleanor.
She's my mother's mother, as I am my mother's daughter, all of us far below average height and comfortably curved into softness that makes the perfect lap, though it makes shopping for jeans a struggle. 
Some of my earliest memories are at her house in New York, her gold and red lava lamp lighting a dark room at night, stockings hung from her staircase at Christmas, possibly part of the reason I was so drawn to our home, with its staircase aching for stockings.
When she and Pap moved to Nashville, we created new memories, the country music my grandfather adored the new soundtrack for our family vacations.
Though we still visit Nashville, her extended visits to my mom's house mean Abbey and Dylan can really bond with her, and I feel so blessed each time I hear she'll be coming to stay for a month.
She draws and paints with them, does puzzles with Abbey, and helps Dylan build sandcastles, her patience never wavering.
This year she'll turn 81, yet she recently made the kids painting smocks, complete with eyelet edging and whimsical buttons.
As her last visit drew to a close, Abbey started routinely talking about going to see "Grandma and Nan," and her face crumpled a little when I gently explained that soon Nan would be back in Nashville.
Her voice is gentle and kind, her hugs and kisses freely given, her smile easy and warm.  Everyone's grandmother, she's the person to sit next to at a party where you don't know anyone but the hostess. 
By the end of the evening, you'll know her and love her and hope to be a grandmother just like her one day in the future.
I know I do.

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  • At October 13, 2011 at 2:10 PM , Anonymous Jessica said...

    How special your children have her in their lives. A great bond and one they will remember forever. 

     
  • At October 13, 2011 at 2:51 PM , Anonymous Galit Breen said...

    What a lovely tribute, Angela! And I absolutely adore the photos that you included- they scream "there are stories to be told here!" 

    Beautifully done, friend!

     
  • At October 13, 2011 at 4:29 PM , Anonymous Missy | The Literal Mom said...

    I love that you shared Nan as your special person!

     
  • At October 13, 2011 at 4:40 PM , Anonymous Kimberly said...

    How amazing that your kids can spend time with her and bond as well. Those are some wonderful memories that you will all cherish forever.

     
  • At October 13, 2011 at 8:23 PM , Blogger dosweatthesmallstuff said...

    Wow, what an inspiring woman your grandmother is, Angela! She looks healthy, happy, and from the sound of it, still spread joy and happiness everywhere she goes. Your family is truly blessed to be able to enjoy four generations coming together and bond. Amazing!

     
  • At October 13, 2011 at 10:04 PM , Anonymous Elaine A. said...

    Oh, I just adore this!  My children have 3 great-grandparents still living and although we moved out of state we still make a point to try to see them at least twice a year.  They are on my husband's side of the family.  His mother's parents are 94 and still together in their little apartment.  I love that my kids will have memories of them!

    This is so sweet.  She's a true gem in your family. :) 

     
  • At October 13, 2011 at 10:16 PM , Anonymous take2mommy said...

    I want a Nan! She sounds like a truly wonderful person. I love that she made those smocks for your kids. I'm glad to hear that your children have such a special bond with her!

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 8:59 AM , Anonymous Kir said...

    Oh LUCKY you are to have her in your life and or Abbey and Dylan to have her too. WOW. I loved how you described her being such a force in life and only 5 ft tall...that's when I started to cry...it didn't stop until...well right now. Thank you for sharing her with us. I loved this.

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 10:09 AM , Anonymous Alison@Mama Wants This said...

    Your Nan sounds lovely. A perfect grandmother and great-grandmother. How lucky you and your children are to have her in your lives!

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 10:14 AM , Anonymous Taming Insanity said...

    Family being so spread out is such a curse sometimes - but perhaps it makes us pay more attention to the moments we have.

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM , Anonymous shellthings said...

    You are so lucky to have her!

    My family is all spread out- we're lucky if we see extended family once a year. 

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 4:35 PM , Anonymous Kim said...

    She sounds wonderful!  You're lucky your children had a chance to spend time with your grandmother.

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 6:52 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    We are so lucky; my kids love her.

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 8:11 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    That's hard; we're spread out too.  Thankfully, my mom is kind of like the glue of our extended family; she makes sure we see my grandma a lot, and we try to see everyone at least every few years.

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 8:12 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    It is.  We always kind of wanted to move out of Michigan, but now that our kids are so close to their grandparents, it seems harder to leave.

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 8:12 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    She is pretty amazing.  Everyone loves her :)

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 8:13 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    It's hilarious.  I am 5'1", and I am a virtual giant amongst the girls in my family!  She's amazing.  Not to tempt you further, but if you go to Blissdom, you could meet her...she lives in Nashville :)

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 8:13 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Everyone should have a Nan.  For real. 

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    She is such a gem. 

    I am glad your kids have some great-grandparents as well.  I love the idea of the little 94 year olds together :)

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I feel so lucky, and when she's here, we soak up every minute.  My grandpa passed away right away Dylan was born, so I realize how we never know how much time we have left.

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 9:15 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    She's pretty special, that's for sure! 

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 9:17 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Thanks Galit :) When she comes to visit, she stays for a while, so we spend so much time at my mom's house.  And every time we take our "generations" picture :)

     
  • At October 14, 2011 at 9:21 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    We're lucky in so many ways, and she is truly one of them.

     
  • At October 15, 2011 at 5:20 AM , Anonymous sweetbutterbliss said...

    This is such a great post. I have to go call my Grandma now.

     
  • At October 15, 2011 at 7:22 AM , Anonymous Lady Jennie said...

    She's so lovely!  And how lucky you and your children are to have her.

     
  • At October 15, 2011 at 8:02 AM , Anonymous jessica said...

    What a beautiful lady, you are so lucky to have her in your life but it sounds like you already know that.

     
  • At October 15, 2011 at 3:45 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I really do know :)  She is in a special room in my heart; she always has been.

     
  • At October 15, 2011 at 3:45 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Our whole family is so lucky; she makes everyone happy, truly.

     
  • At October 15, 2011 at 3:45 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Go call her :)  She'll love it.

     
  • At October 22, 2011 at 8:53 AM , Anonymous Shah Wharton said...

    What a sweet lady - I do so miss my nanny. :(

    Here from the linky ;DI wanted to share with you that there's a new writing challenge/linky in town. Every weekend I'll share a PROMPT and every Wednesday everyone can link up there (poem or short story 500 max) response at the Storyteller Linky. This week’s prompt is a Picture. Check it out. :)I also have a spooky book review and the weekend blog hop right now too! http://wordsinsync.blogspot.com/2011/10/halloween-book-review-voice-of-blood-by.htmlLove to have you on bored, but have a great weekend either way.  Shah .X

     
  • At October 22, 2011 at 10:36 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I feel so lucky my kids are able to spend time with her :)

    Thanks for the heads up.  I will try to check it out!

     

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