Today is the second anniversary of losing my grandmother, affectionately dubbed GG by her great grandchildren. Her loss was sudden, even though she was 93 years old. She is still in my thoughts constantly, especially the memories that make me smile. There are things I learned from GG which will never be forgotten, which I will have to share with Biggest and Littlest. Who couldn’t benefit from a little GG wisdom?
- Speak your mind. I don’t think there is a family member who will say GG didn’t have a mind of her own and wasn’t afraid to share it. While there were a few times I wished she had a filter, at least GG was not afraid to make her story known.
- Carry a handkerchief. You never know when you will need one. I have a stack of GG’s old hankies hidden away for Biggest and Littlest to carry on their wedding days (or any other important day in which they will need a hanky).
- Sometimes it is OK to be stubborn. I think GG was independent as long as she was because of her stubbornness. She was working, driving herself around, and living alone well into her mid 80’s. It kept her sharp and I think it made her feel alive. Find what makes you feel alive and hang on to it. Be stubborn.
- Have a signature drink. My sister, my cousin and I try to meet for a drink twice a year to celebrate the beginning and end of GG’s life. Of course, we choose her signature drink. GG was always known for her love of rum and cokes (no lime, because that would be a Cuba Libre). If GG and Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City) could have a signature drink, why shouldn’t everyone else? My only debate is does red wine count as a signature drink or is it too broad.
- Cheat at cards. GG was a master card player. Of course, she cheated like the devil when it came to cribbage and other card games. Now, I am not encouraging cheating, because that would be wrong. I am encouraging being cunning. GG chose to use her cunning for wrongdoing (yes, I think cheating your grandkids out of quarters is slightly wrong), but at least she possessed the guile and the gumption to try, even up to the end of her days.
In loving memory of Lorraine “GG” Williams
August 16, 1917 – February 11, 2011