Ever opened a gift that made you cry? I did, the day after our wedding.

I opened a wedding gift from my aunt Sandy, my dad’s sister, that made me cry.

A year ago, today my Shorty, aka grandma Menuey (dad’s mom), turned 90-years-old. On that same day, she left us for heaven. After my grandpa got sick I became extremely close with all of my grandparents. I was going to college close by his nursing home so I visited constantly. After he passed away I visited my grandma just as much.

She moved into assisted living shortly after my grandpa’s passing. I loved visiting her because she always told it like it is, she always had me laughing (even when she yelled “it smells in here because she pooped all over” talking about her roommate who was sitting across the room), and she gave the best advice. We would laugh and laugh every time we were together and she was one of my biggest supporters. She would always make sure I was doing great in school and she would always cut me out of the newspaper when I made the dean’s list or received a scholarship. I always looked up to her and still do. I mean the woman raised eight kids in a small three-bedroom farmhouse! She was a strong, smart woman in her days. I can still here her voice when I listen for it (for those who don’t know my dad’s family tends to all have loud high-pitched voices; me included). It always warms my heart.

I could go on for days about her, but back to the gift I received. When I opened the box, I was greeted by a picture of my grandma with a big red bow on her head. That picture was on the cover of a binder created after my grandma passed away by the activities director at her nursing home. The binder is full of pictures of my grandma during her time there and some paintings she painted while she was there. I could not feel more blessed to have received this from my aunt. By far the best gift, although we received so many amazing gifts! When I look at the book I can hear her laughing and chatting with everyone.

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I am so thankful I became close with my grandparents when I was younger so I could savor all the time I had left. I love that I am still close with my mom’s mom, even though I live further away now. Being close with them has given me so many memories I could never forget. I can’t wait to share this book with our kids in the future and share stories of my Shorty.

Happy Birthday shout out to my Shorty!

4 Comments on “Ever opened a gift that made you cry? I did, the day after our wedding.

  1. What a beautiful tribute to mom, Abi. She so loved when you and Alex visited.
    Though I gave you the book, that was the easy part. Special thanks to Sue Schneider, activity director, at Mercy Living Plus for putting it together for us. She is an angel and so wonderful at her job! She made mom’s stay there much easier due to all the activities she did with the residents. Even though mom would sometimes say she did not want to do an activity, Sue had a way to coax her to attend. Afterwards mom would chat about how much fun she had. Sue was a true blessing for us all!
    Sandy

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    • I agree! What an amazing lady Sue is! I can hear grandma saying how she didn’t have anything to do, but Sue always made sure to keep her busy!

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  2. What a wonderful lady Ramona was! She blessed us all! I truly miss this special lady. I am so thankful she was part of my life! I am so happy her life is shared with you! Blessings to a great family! Sue

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