Today, my family is enduring something that we’d all prepared for but ultimately did not expect to happen so soon. My beautiful grandmother has left this horrible world and is now frolicking among the stars with the best of them. As my sister so eloquently put, “words can’t describe the hole left in my heart today, but there is comfort in knowing you are in the best place possible.”
Doris was a stubborn woman. Probably where I get 95% of my stubbornness from. Beyond that, she was a proud woman. She always looked her Sunday best even when it was Saturday grocery shopping time. She was a gracious, delicate, tenacious but above all loving woman. She had her quirks but so do the best of us.
Ten years ago, she developed Alzheimer’s. This past year, she had rapidly declined and we inevitably had to put her in an assisted living facility. To help pacify this transition, I would visit her a couple times a week. We’d laugh, we’d stroll down memory lane and journey outside where she’d tell me about the flowers that were in bloom.
I’d jot down some of her funny one-liners. Here are a few:
Doris on finding me a significant other:
“We have to find you a man. How old are you?”
“Ok. I’m going to find you someone at least 27. He has to be handsome. His pants have to be full. Of coin.” [I think she was trying for a sexual innuendo]
Doris on getting old:
“I had a plan to stay young all my life. Forever and ever. It didn’t really work out. Maybe you can figure it out.”
I’ll just go find the Fountain of Youth, be right back.
One afternoon as she ate some ice cream, Doris told me the story of how she met my grandfather.
I absolutely have cherished those afternoons with Doris. But her story on this planet has come to an end. It’s time for her to start the next chapter in her life. We joke that she’s bossing around her brothers and sister in Heaven. All you angels out there, YE BE WARNED. Doris is coming and she’s one hell of a force to be reckoned with.
Carry on, Doris. I know you’ll keep a watchful eye on the horizon.
I’ll love you forever. I’ll like you for always.