Highs and Lows
We all have them, the Highest of Highs and the Lowest of Lows, during this journey we call life. I have recently experienced both.
My low came today. My Grandmother died. She was 94 and one hell of a lady. She was married to my grandfather for 74 years. They had 5 children. The oldest died at age 6 when he fell down a hill and through the ice of the river below. The surviving 4 children, including my mother, gave her 10 Grandchildren that resulted in 11 Great-Grandchildren. She could be so loving and one look from her eyes could strike fear into your soul. She never learned to swim but made the BEST Peanut butter Fudge in the entire world.
As my mother and her siblings held vigil at her bedside last night, my mother got a good hard belly laugh. They were discussing the arrangements they would make after she passed and how they wanted to handle the funeral and reception. One of my uncles turned to my mother and commented that he had heard I was writing and maybe I would be interested in writing her obituary. My mother couldn’t help but laugh because they don’t know WHAT I write about. Mom told me the story this morning and asked me to write the obituary, but please don’t make Grandma sound like a wanton whore. 🙂
I will spend this weekend with my extended family, remembering all the good, bad, funny and tragic stories that make up the life of my Grandmother. Gone, but NEVER forgotten. I Love You Grandma.
My High came over the weekend. I took a group of High schoolers to a District Drama Competition three hours away. We left on Friday so we could take them to a play Friday night. On Saturday morning, we went to the competition. After an exhaustingly long day, it came time for awards. I am BEYOND Proud to tell you that my daughter WON the largest category at the competition. She competed in the Dramatic Monologue- Experienced Category. There were over 150 contestants in that category alone. She will now be going to compete at the State Drama Competition. She is the youngest participant in the school’s history to make it to State. She’s a sophomore. She also wrote a one act play. She didn’t win that category, but will be able to showcase her play at the State Competition at one of the minor theaters. I can’t describe the pride and joy I have for my MAGNIFICENT Girl.
Our lives are VERY, VERY short. Bask in the light and love that comes your way, even when the skies are dark and the rain is falling. I promise to be back with some juicier writing very soon. 🙂