Family is everything to me. My immediate family consists of me, my younger sister, and my parents who have been happily married for 22 years. I have been blessed to spend the first 20 years of my life with both my maternal and paternal grandparents, both of which have been happily married for many years. Then, beyond that, I have numerous cousins and aunts and uncles, and the friends who have become more like family members.
However, I am currently sitting on a plane, 45,000 feet in the air making my way back to Michigan to say goodbye to my paternal grandmother.
I know I am extremely lucky to have had the chance to spend time with her these past twenty years, and the memories that I have are what is going to keep her alive in my heart.
She’s in a better place now, she can finally be at peace instead of always being ill and uncomfortable, but I’ll miss her so much. I’ll miss her when I graduate from college in two years. I’ll miss her on my wedding day. I’ll miss her when I give birth to my children because they’ll never have the chance to get to know what an amazing woman she was.
As my family prepares to lay her to rest, it will be sad, but it will also be a chance for us to all look back and remember the good times we had with her. We’ll remember how goofy and silly she was, her random obsession with elephants, her secret love of Taco Bell, and most of all we’ll remember how she loved her two sons and all her granddaughters will all of her heart.
Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when you’re saying goodbye for the last time to a family member. This is something that I’ve never dealt with before, but I’ll get through this surrounded by the love and support of my family and friends.
Everything I do in life is to make my family proud. I’m striving to make something of myself in order to honor all of the sacrifices they made to help me get to where I am today. My grandparents, my grandmothers especially, have been some of my biggest cheerleaders and they were always my escape when I needed to get away from home and be spoiled for a while. They had great dreams for me and I plan to follow through. I know that she’ll be watching over me from now on and I hope that she’ll be proud of what she sees.
My sun will shine a little bit brighter now that I have her to look over me. I love you so much Meme. Rest peacefully beautiful, I’ll see you again one day.
Rest in Peace, Bobbie Patterson. ❤️