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A Sad Farewell

February 22nd, 2012 · No Comments · life

I took this picture last September understanding that we would be saying goodbye to my mother in law in the near future. We discovered three weeks after Charlotte was born that my mother in law had a terminal form of cancer. The doctors gave her six months.  She held on for five and a half months.  On January 25th she passed away.

She adored Charlotte and could spend hours just looking at her.  I thought that me and my husband were the only ones who would do that.  I always knew that Anne would be an amazing grandmother and she was. In her last months, Anne recorded children’s books so that Charlotte could listen to her grandmother read to her as she grew up. Anne loved reading to her kids and she made me promise that we would make sure that Charlotte was a reader.  We have her copy of Charlotte’s Web from when she was a child.  Anne talked to me about cooking because, “Pete is not a good cook. You are going to have to teach Charlotte to make our family’s recipes.”  She made sure I had all of her recipes, that I knew the secrets and the best ingredients to use.  When she thought we weren’t looking or even when we were looking she would sneak a taste of whatever treat she was having to Charlotte. I took home jars of canned jelly, relishes, and chutney that she had made.  Anne was a classically trained cellist and had the voice of an angel.  Charlotte has her grandmother’s cello, violin, and bows waiting to see if she has a calling to musical instruments.  One of my favorite memories is of Anne singing Ave Maria at our wedding. She made me cry.  She loved to sing “You Are My Sunshine” to Charlotte and made me promise to watch “The Sound of Music” until Charlotte  knows all the songs.  Anne never met a stranger. Our child met so many of Anne’s friends, extended family, nurses, and Hospice staff that she now looks around and wonders where her adoring public has gone now that we are home.  We know separation anxiety when we are away from our child but she looks at all people and sees a new adventure.

In the few short months that Anne had with Charlotte, she managed to share what she felt were the best things in life: books, food, music, and people.

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