Saturday, September 15, 2012

I'm missing you Granny Howard

Early Saturday morning on July 21, 2012 my Uncle Leon calls me to let me know my granny had pasted away.  Granny is my dad's mom.  She turned 91 on April 22, 2012.  All of my life I have thought she looked like a movie star.  Granny's daddy passed when she was 3 years old.  I just found and reread a letter when she told me about that.  This is the reason I save all of the letters and cards I receive.  So I can look back and re-read their words once they pass.  I'm so thankful granny and I wrote back and forth my entire life.  She wasn't able to speak on the phone due to her hearing aids.  So I always wrote her letters.  Granny would encourage us to write letters when we were little by writing back and having a $1 in the letter.  I'm going to do the same for my grandkids.  Of course, we might have to change it up quite a bit since it's already 45cents to mail a letter.  Maybe a quarter an email or skype view? I don't know.  I hope not to know for a while.  Blake needs to graduate first!

Granny was one of the sweetest grandmothers you could have.  She would play games with us until we didn't want to play anymore.  I can just picture her shrugging her shoulders, smiling and saying Okay, in her sweet sing song voice.  Granny would cook our favorite things and sew for us.  There was always a side salad for dinner. Not sure what made it so good other than it was made with her loving hands.

When I was little i remember her showing me how to make slippers.  She had made me a pair that I loved.  I remember them as a teal green or aqua blue with blowers pained on the top and when they heard hurricane Allen was on his way we had to get out of McAllen quick and I forgot to get the slippers I loved so dearly. Granny was always painting, sewing or doing some kind of craft.  She is the one that taught me about needle point.  I still have a little pillow case she had sewn and painted for me as a child.  I would cuddle with that thing every single night until I was married.
I wish we had lived closer to all the ones we loved before they passed away.  It's September and each time I see a picture of daddy or granny while I'm at home I cry.  At work, I think I have been crazy busy working nutty hours.  I will go into detail about that in another post.  After losing someone I love I always seem to go into myself for a while.

I wanted to post my favorite picture of her but, I am in Oklahoma with Blake right now and want to get this post out since promised it over a month ago.  The only reason I was able to finish this post is they are watching the Texas Longhorn game right now.

I plan on getting another post up letting you know what's been going on soon.  In the mean time, I will leave you with a picture of daddy and granny.

Here is a picture of Dad and Granny before my mom passed away.
You can really see how much they look alike.

Have a blessed day!



Carolynne said...

Oh I am so sorry about your Granny. She seems like she was an awesome lady. At least you'll have these wonderful memories of her :D

Nolita said...

Good to hear from you, Jackie. Sorry to hear about your Granny. Are you still in Oklahoma? Hope you are enjoying or did enjoy a visit with your boy!