I remember vividly the times I spent with her on family trips to
I remember traveling to Aunt Kay's in New York State with my parents and Grandma, annoying her to death with trivia and eating too many sticks of bubble gum; I remember visiting her friend Rose and all the adjacent NJ towns; I remember how we would take her to church on Sunday and then come home to a lunch of cold-cuts and noodle salad; I remember sitting alongside her on her living room couch in the evening, watching "Antiques Road Show" or "Sanford and Son", eating Dixie ice cream cups. I also remember the "pick-up" dinners from Boston Chicken and Hiram's Hotdogs, the instant sweetened oatmeal for breakfast, the buttered muffins, the glasses of NJ tap water, and the way she would call up the stairs at 7 A.M.: "Are you people ever getting up???" She always was punctual, and a painfully early riser!
I remember the visits from relatives, the way Grandma and Mom would clean up the house, and Dad and I would go out to the local stores, A&P and others, to buy packages of pastries and tea. I remember how I would help her hang her laundry on the clothes line stretching across her flower garden and how I would build "fairy houses" out by her yard gnomes and blue glass ball on a pedestal. I would take pictures on everything in sight with my little pink camera, paste them in a notebook, and surround them with stickers. I would also draw pictures galore with my handy-dandy art kit. Grandma always commented on how artistic I was. I remember how we would "spy" on her neighbors together through her front curtains, how she would read the newspaper, watch the news, and keep track of things going on in the world around her. I remember showing her the contents of my backpack, all of my treasures, and her marvelous laugh and sparkling blue eyes.
There's so much to remember. So many things that hurt to think back on. Going to
Gazing at the skyline of
"Home is behind, the world ahead,
And there are many paths to tread,
Through shadow, to the edge of night,
Until the stars are all alight,
Mist and shadow, cloud and shade,
All shall fade, all shall fade....."
"Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
And let your perpetual light shine upon her,
May the soul of Lucy
Through the mercy of God
Rest in Peace,
P.S. I'm so thankful to all those family members and friends who extended their love to her, through visits, cards, calls, and care over the years.....my parents, Uncle Bobby, Uncle Donny, Uncle Louie, Cousin Nicky, Dean, Aunt Lori, Aunt Jacqui, Nancy, Jessica, Maryana, the doctors, Fr. Carrie, etc. Thank you also to all those who prayed for her and our family during this difficult time, sent kind messages, lent support, etc. We are deeply grateful.
|We Love You, Grandma.....|