Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The world is less bright today

I just want to share a few memories of my grandmother, one of my favorite people. She passed away this morning, leaving the world a little less bright today. She would be very embarrassed about the all fuss made over her.

This picture was taken in 1989, it shows she was always a kid at heart.

One of the first life lessons I remember was at church. I was probably 7 or 8 years old and we were exited the service, shaking hands with Dr. Grossman as we left. That is when she taught me not to have the “dead fish” handshake. I think she may have commented, in her non-judgmental way, that Dr. Grossman’s handshake could stand to be a bit more firm.

My grandmother was a smart woman. A genius in fact! A Mensa member, and proud of it! Years ago, when I graduated college, Grandma made the trip to South Georgia, along with other family members. At the time, my friend was working at a small publishing company. Well, Grandma wanted to see a sample of the magazines. So, my friend, proud of the work her company produces, brings over a published copy of a magazine. Well, lo and behold, Grandma finds a typographical error! That friend still asks about Grandma all the time.

Because of her, I learned not to be ashamed or hide my intelligence. I learned that my opinion does matter. And, most importantly, I learned the recipe for the traditional Czech bread, Hoska!

She loved her puzzles and game shows especially Wheel of Fortune. So tonight, I’ll time dad when he does the jumble and make sure he does not cheat, and I hope Heaven has all the vowels she needs.

Some of her last words to me were: “don’t forget me”. Grandma, I never will.


  1. I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing.

  2. Sorry to hear that your grandmother passed away. She sounds a lot like my grandmother. She was ultra smart, but because of the times she kept it hidden somewhat. She too loved puzzles.


  3. What a beautiful tribute to a very special lady. I'm sorry to hear of your loss.


  4. My condolences on the passing of your Grandmother, I'm sure her memory will live on.

  5. Thank you everyone for your kind words. I appreciate them. I'm heading back home today for the services and to be with family.

  6. Ah Christie, I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandmother's passing. She most definitely sounds like a terrific person and one that I'm sure you learned much from and who will be sorely missed. Enjoy and savor the memories!

  7. if there are such things as ghosts (both grandma and i thought there were), Grandma is going to haunt me for posting that 3rd picture!

  8. Your Grandma sounds like she was a wonderful woman, I'm so sorry for your loss.

    p.s. I would love to have legs like Grandma!

  9. Chris,

    Your Grandma is looking down on you from heaven very proud of who you are and that part of her lives on with you! Keep her fun spirit alive as I know you will!

    Love & Prayers,

  10. Christie, I'm sorry I missed this post. I'm very sorry to hear of you grandmother's passing. She sounds like a great lady that will be missed by all who knew her.

  11. What beautiful tribute. I am so sorry for your loss.