Gramma has been in a nursing home for years, but she was always healthy enough to come home for the holidays….until this past year. Gramma came to Thanksgiving in 2012 and was really nervous. She definitely wasn’t understanding that she was indeed allowed to leave the nursing home for Thanksgiving. Since then we have seen a steady decline in her health, but a year later, we decided Heck! It can’t hurt to bring her home for Thanksgiving again! So we did. It took my strong husband to lift her because she can’t walk or even feel her legs and my two brothers to help break her free from the nursing home and it was all worth it! The second she got in the door she was greeted with amazing smells, smiling faces, lots of hugs and kisses and a GLASS OF WINE! There are a few things my Gramma knows how to enjoy and they are a single glass of wine and dessert. She always has room them! It made me so happy to watch her drink her glass of wine, something she hadn’t had for a year. I know it was hard on all of us to bring her home and see her struggle, but it was completely worth it. She was with her family and that’s what the holidays are all about.
I was lucky enough to sit next to her at dinner and help her. She knows she needs help and she’s completely open to being helped. It’s very humbling to watch someone who has always been so strong resign herself to letting her granddaughter hold her drink for her and cut her food. I enjoyed every second of eating Thanksgiving with her. It’s a memory that I will hold dear for the rest of my life because I fear it will be one of the last holiday meals we share so intimately.
My Gramma is a spunky lady! She married young and had seven children. She cared for my Grampa through shingles, blindness, cancer, oxygen, super grumpy moods, and the list goes on. She is a woman beyond her years, always very educated and very forward thinking. She thought women should be educated and I never once heard her utter a racist comment. Oh and to this day she wears her lipstick, loves her family, and goes to church every Sunday. I love her dearly and wish I was closer so that I could visit her more. She is sucker for surprise visits that involve walks outside, puppy cuddles and a sweet treat! Gramma, I’ll be there over Christmas with Lira in her Christmas sweater and a tin of homemade goodies for us to enjoy. Heck, we might even go for a walk inside of course because it’s chilly up North! Love you Gramma!