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SETTING THE BAR HIGH A GOODBYE NOTE TO MY REALLY SUPER GRAMMA
Just before this viral outbreak hit, I lost my Gramma. Fortunately, I had time to share these thoughts with her before she passed: Boy, am I lucky that you are my Gramma. I don’t know if I have told you this, but I have really enjoyed having you home the last couple of years. I look forward to every holiday, milestone celebration, and family gathering that you been able to come to. I’ve also enjoyed the random phone calls and drop-bys I’m able to do. When I learned you were moving to Arizona way back in the 1990s after you and Grampa retired, I was really upset. I didn’t know what I was going to do without my Gramma just down the street. My whole life, you were always there for me. As it turns out, even after you moved, you were still just a phone call or a plane ride away. I took many trips to your Arizona house (and you took many trips back to Michigan), but the time I flew out and drove back with you and the trip I took during my college spring break are the two most memorable for me. I remember waking up in your guest bedroom to the cold, crisp air and warm smell of coffee. I still love the smell, but ironically not the taste, of coffee. I remember you took me to IKEA when it first opened, just so you could introduce me to Swedish meatballs in their restaurant. I remember laughing about the waiter at a diner in New Mexico who thumbtacked his
pants to his shoes so they wouldn’t drag on the ground. I remember helping you with a few things around your house and waxing your car. I remember reading by and swimming in your solar-heated pool. But mostly, I remember spending time with you. My first memory of you was at the apartment you lived in briefly. I don’t remember if I was spending the night, or just part of a day, but I was repeatedly asking you to, “Get the bam and bam-bam the Monkey!” I’m told I only ever asked you to do this. When I was bleeding, I always wanted my Gramma to bandage me up (sorry Mom!). Do you remember me giving you dry maps to protect your hair every 100 feet as we ran out of Disney in the rain 20 years ago? It’s always been a point of pride for me that you are a nurse, that you’re 100% Swedish by blood and 100% American, that nearly all of your family lived into their late 80s and 90s, and that you raised three intelligent, hardworking kids. You taught me a lot throughout my life and were always a role model who set the bar high. At 95 years old, from where I stand, you’ve lived a life full of both accomplishment and a family who loves you. You always tell my girls that they have a really super Dad, but today, I want to make sure you know that you’re a really super Gramma.
–Kyle Matthews 1 (248) 543-0340www.janetdaviscleaners.com
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