What happens between the dates, in the “dash”?

Granny-editThis is by far the most difficult post I have ever written, as it is the most personal of all of them combined. It’s not about me, but about my Grandmother-Granny Reason. On August 26th Granny said she said she wanted to “go home” from the rehab facility where she was recovering from a recent fall. Granny was all packed up and ready to go, but told my aunt she needed to lay down and rest for a minute because she was so tired. The truth is, she was tired…very tired. Throughout her 80 years, she was a woman of tremendous faith, a devoted wife for more than 50 years and a dedicated mother to 6 children.

As she laid down that day to rest she did go home, but not to her brick home, Granny left us to go to her Heavenly home. Although there is no doubt in my mind that she is now a Guardian Angel to all of us here, I know she is also enjoying being reunited with her parents, her husband, siblings, her son and grandson. Years of hard work and no rest wore her body down and I’m so happy to know she isn’t in pain. I know it’s selfish that I want her with our family, so until we meet her again, we will all miss her daily.

Blessing-Quotes-46My Granny would always say, “that’s a blessing”. Well, she was right. She was always a blessing to us and that hasn’t stopped. Just like she has done for decades, Granny is still taking care of us. Our family has had 3 cancer free diagnoses since Wednesday. I don’t know about you, but I think that is amazing and truly speaks to the power of prayer, faith and the blessings Granny always taught us to believe in and appreciate.

 

live your dash

It is just crazy to me to think that there are only a few things written when we move on-our name, our birthdate, a “dash” and the date of our final breath. How can anyone be represented by just those few numbers and letters? The truth is, we can’t. But we can strive every day to make sure everything that is represented by the dash accurately reflects who we are, what we believe in and how we made a difference by being on this earth.

 

UntitledTo Granny-thank you for teaching us to love one another, to be kind, to have faith in blessings and for showing us what a truly amazing woman looks like and how she lives her life. You are a role model to more than you could ever know. We will always love you, miss you and respect you. Tell Granny Hopkins and Peanut I said hello and I love them too!

 

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