Sunday, April 25, 2010

Remembering GG

The Rooster clan has heavy hearts tonight. We lost another member of Team Rooster.
After 90 years of a healthy and active life, Rooster's great-grandmother on his father's side passed away.
We are so grateful that in January we were able to attend a wonderful birthday dinner party for her, at a beautiful restaurant at the beach, with all her family gathered around.
After dinner, when we went back home for cake and ice cream, we set a timer on the camera and got great shots with everyone smiling and laughing, everyone's spirits high. I remember how she had spent part of that day reading books to Peaches and Rooster, as she did every time she saw them. Each time she finished a book, Rooster said the same thing: "Another one, please." Sometimes he'd tell her, "Let's get cozy, GG," and they would snuggle up on the sofa under a throw, books piled up on the coffee table. If another grownup tried to listen in on the stories, Rooster sometimes objected saying, "Shhh! We need privacy!" This could go on for an hour or more.
At her 90th, we truly celebrated a long and full life, and we embraced her with love and affection, and that is very fortunate. Just a few weeks ago, she went with her daughter and son-in-law on a getaway trip, where she dined in style, joked around, and went swimming. Her illness happened very suddenly.
She had devoted daughters and sons-in-law, loving and attentive grandchildren, adoring great grandchildren... she had a community of people who mourn her loss, but celebrate her life, and we hold her memory in our hearts.
The Rooster clan will miss her very much.


jess said...

What a beautiful tribute. It sounds like she set the bar high for all of us to live well. I hope you find some peace today.

Kim said...

So lovely that you got to see her in January and have those wonderful pictures and memories. We lost our Grammy in January and I am so glad we got to see her in December and make some memories.

Hugs. It's never easy to lose a member.

pixiemama said...

I'm so sorry.
love to all of you.

redheadmomma said...

I'm so sorry. She sounded like such a special lady. I loved your tribute. Hugs to everyone from our clan to yours. XO

Niksmom said...

I am so very sorry for the loss of such an important member of your clan. Thinking of you and sending love.

kim mccafferty said...

I recently lost my grandma at nearly 90. It is so bittersweet because although I had her a ridiculously long time, I also got to know her as an adult, not just a child, which makes the loss much more layered. I'm just so grateful she got to meet both of my kids! So glad you got that last celebration. I enjoy your writing style.