I cannot start my day without recognizing my beloved "Grammy" Florence. 3 years ago today she passed. She was given 3 weeks to live after a stage 4 diagnosis of lung and liver cancer. I moved in with her and provided day and night hospice care along with meds every 2 hours until I found here at 6 am-3 years ago today. She died 3 weeks to the day of her diagnosis..that doctor was right on target, unfortunately.
I could have gone on caring for her for the rest of my life. I have NO doubt in my mind about this.
My Gram who undoubtedly saved me from a life not worth living & who supported me 110%.
Who flew me to Paris to have my first date with Ettione, a young man I met the summer before at Club Med Camp.
Who flew all the way to see me at camp in Copper Mountain, Colorado for 2 days because she missed me.
Who took me to all of the best Broadway shows and restaurants and shopping and.....
EVERYTHING NYC has to offer-all of my life.
Who taught me the serenity prayer that reminds me to accept the things I cannot change,
Who taught me to always dress to impress when traveling in flight or in any major city,
Who taught me how to cook like a well seasoned chef and how to throw amazing parties with every detail attended to,
Who gave Michael and I Hot Fudge and a Paint Brush for our 10th wedding anniversary so "us kids" could go have some fun!
Who nurtured my artistic side at every turn and showed me why diversity is such a wonderful thing in this life.
Who kept me grounded when my early ambitions were too flighty,
Who helped guide me in raising two amazing young men,
Who SERIOUSLY served English tea from a carafe with china teacups & saucers AND SCONES (she brought all of this in a Gucci Tote) in my hospital room while I was in labor with Austin to everyone in the room! (and I heard her whisper I was being a baby with my moaning..lmao)
Who was the most unlikely comedian everyday of her life!
Who I discovered after she passed away, had kept this picture (laminated) of her holding me in her wallet since 1973 when this photo was taken.
and the list goes on......
She and I used to walk the towpath along this river once a week and each bring a gourmet lunch.
We would try to out do each other. She went first and packed fine GUCCI china to eat on, silverware and a candelabra!
For my turn I sewed a small square tablecloth with hand beaded edging and handmade matching napkins! Waterford goblets and my mismatched yet matching china and silver. I made a turkey Waldorf sandwich (cranberry's, grapes and walnuts) on bread I baked, as well as a chocolate torte for dessert!
I loved to impress her. She taught me well.
I love and adore you beyond words Gram and although I know this post would cause you to say "oh get over it already" (lol), I cannot.
I will miss you until I meet you again.