Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Goodbye Dolly

My oh my. What ever prepares us for moments in life such as these? Nothing I suppose. This afternoon, my grandmother, Dolores Rose Seguin passed away.


For the first ten years of my life I lived with her. She sang Andrews Sisters songs to me before bed at night. She got me up and ready for school in the morning. She held my hand when I went to the doctor and let me help her in the kitchen when she baked Christmas cookies. She made sure my "slacks" fit right in the crotch and hemmed them when they were (always) too long.


Every single Saturday of my childhood she took Steve and I with her to the beauty parlor to get her hair "set." Afterwards, we walked to the bakery and she let Steve and I pick out a dozen doughnuts (as long as one was a chocolate eclaire for her). Every night after saying my prayers I told her I loved her more than all the houses and all the cars and all the trees and all the stars...


Last week was her birthday. I'm sure she wanted to hang on long enough to fit just one more in (she was efficient like that). She liked to rib Danny for never picking up the phone, so she was tickled pink when he called her on her birthday (and gave her his work line---even I don't have that number!)


Grandma was a clown if there ever was one. She had an affinity for tabloid magazines, butterflies and Tim Allen movies. She collected nativity scenes and made THE BEST french toast on the planet. She rocked the house at Atari games. She always had a wry joke. She read my blog on a regular basis (and always called to chide me when I used to many swear words.)


When I talked to her last week, on her birthday, she was going in for her birthday "meal" (an IV bag). I told her to make sure they put a candle in it so she could blow it out and make a wish. I will miss her immensely, but I'm so very happy that I got to tell grandma one last time, that I love her more than all the cars, and all the houses, and all the trees and all the stars...




7 comments:

amercerpod said...

Beautiful!

SolDesigns.net said...

Grandma's are the best people in the world. Sorry to hear about her passing. Just another little angel to watch over us :0) Maybe our grandma's will hang out in heaven together until we get there.

Shonta said...

You are so blessed that you got to tell her how much you loved her one more time...what a gift...

Speaktrue said...

thank you for sharing these sweet thoughts. my heart goes out to you. I like idea of all our grandmas hanging out together. Tracy

james ford said...

stephanie you are so blessed to have had this woman for the time you did. i never grew up with my grandparents (the only one i met was when i was twenty two).

and the image of this woman surrounded by nativities, eating eclairs and throwing down on some old school atari makes me smile.

Sugared Ellipses... said...

Crap. I'm sorry for being such a shitty friend. I've been crazy busy. I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandmother. I hope the rest of your Holiday went well, well as well as could be expected. I've been staying away from my computer, not necessarily on purpose, but I just couldn't deal with it. I hope you're ok.

MsLisaL said...

I am so happy for you that you had this woman in your life. Good, strong women are what make our lives so meaningful.