Today would’ve been my Gram’s 92nd birthday. She passed away April 2016. She was the glue that held our family together. She was been the driving force behind everything I have done in my life. Below, is the tribute I wrote for her, and read at her funeral. I know I’ve shared it before, but I’m going to share it again. She meant the world to me and I wouldn’t be who I am today without her love, compassion and fiery soul. I’m always open and honest about how I feel because I do not want any regrets. Losing my dad so suddenly taught me how important it is to be grateful and always let our loved ones know exactly how we feel. My Gram knew she was my heart and how much I loved her.
Happy Birthday Gram!! Last night, I lost my gram. I feel blessed to have had my gram in my life for so long. The amount of wisdom and life experience she has shared with me over the years, through her mistakes, her regrets and her accomplishments is absolutely irreplaceable. I will focus on the core values that she has taught me. How important family is, she would often tell me "you do for your family. That's what it's all about, family " and keep moving forward. Do not let this world or anyone else get you down. It all starts with you. You can do or be whatever you want to be in this world, as long as you work hard and believe in yourself" I believe I am who I am today because of her. She built confidence in me when I thought I had none. From a young child to an adult, She has stood by me through all the ups and downs in my life. Growing up she was always at our house, making Sunday gravy and creating traditions that I now share with my children. She has literally touched every person in our family , whether it was through her cooking. Her love or simply beating you at poker, or losing to you at poker, which hell man !! didn't happen to often, at least according to her.
As she was laying in her hospital bed I said Gram I want to be you when I grow up. You're such a strong women, a fighter. She said hunny you already are. And that was when it hit me I had to stay strong. I couldn't break. I had to keep moving forward. No matter what. I had to Make her proud.
She was a daughter,