07 May 2012
Forever in our hearts....
Just a few weeks ago, our family lost a great woman. After a few false starts and not being able to see the paper through my tears, here are the words I shared to pay tribute and say farewell......
It was once written “You can shed tears that she is gone or smile because she has lived”. You started to slip away from us years ago and now, as much as it pains us to lose you, it comforts us to know that you are finally at peace.
There are certain intangible gifts a grandmother bestows – held in your heart , not your hand. There was never a moment that we, your granddaughters ever doubted your love for us. You had your three boys but we knew we were your world.
Memories of tea parties set in bone china and fine crystal. Letting each of us choose the setting we loved the most to enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches. Adventures on the city bus down to the Captial Theatre for movies. Allowing us free reign with the golden syrup on our Yorkshire puddings at Sunday dinner. Always indulging my request for an entire sheet of the world’s best apple squares as my birthday gift. Every year.
We gather today to pay tribute to you. To honour the most important gift you have given all of us – your love. You showed us the love of two grandparents. As a role model to us, your granddaughters, you were an example of a woman with strength, independence and fortitude. We are who we are today because of you.
You are not a gift taken away from us, but a gift given to us. Our memories fill our hearts and comfort us.
So as we say farewell,
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sunshine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again, may Gold hold you in the palm of his Hand.
Know we loved you Gram. We always will. Until we meet me again….