10/27/14

Day of the Dead


This last week has been a hard one. Even when a death is expected, nothing can really prepare you for that imminent finalization that that person is gone and that you will never see them again.
We lost our Grandmother Evelyn this past week. She was 92 years old and she was quite the character and an absolutely amazing woman. Her funeral was on Friday. Gavin brought his clarinet to play her a song. He only knows "Mary Had a Little Lamb" but he played it beautifully.

(Jude with Grandma Arnold)

Grandma Arnold was very full of life and a very sweet soul. She always had a smile and hug to give and made sure you knew you were loved.  I am going to miss her smile and mischievousness. We've been reminiscing over Grandma Arnold's driving record this weekend and how in the last couple years she was able to get her car stuck on the train-track and the time she ran a red light and crashed her car into a police car. Her motto was: "Yellow means go faster". 

When I first signed up to do this blog tour I had chosen to knit a sweater for Jude. I have never celebrated the Day of the Dead, but I just love the idea of celebrating the lives of our loved ones.
My Grandmother Ellen (who we called GranEllen) loved to knit. I was only able to see her a handful of times before she died. She lived in England and the last time she came to the States she had a stroke and ended up in the hospital. She was told after that that her heart could not handle the trip. I was 9 the last time she came. I got to see her once more when I was 18 when I went to England and she died a few months after that visit. She never had the chance to teach me to knit, but I had decided that I was going to learn when I was 10. I still have much to learn, but I can make a basic sweater.

(My GranEllen knitting a sweater)


I was only able to finish 2/3rds of my sweater but I'm hoping to finish it soon. 
I know that a lot of the reason I love to sew and craft is from my GranEllen. The last time she came to America she brought me this doll. She had found it in a thriftshop, brought her home and cleaned her up, then hand sewed her a traditional Scottish outfit. My doll used to have a beret and little boots, but after many moves, they have been lost.



My mother has told me that she used to sew their dresses as children and I think of her often when I am sewing.
GranEllen also cut out stories from the newspaper and glued them to pages to make this book for me and my siblings. I now read the stories to my children.


We will definitely be celebrating Dia de Los Muertos this year with our kids.
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Thank you so much Melissa for having us along!


3 comments:

  1. Thank you for the beautiful story. And thank you for sharing even during a hard time like this. I admit, I wait for this day to come as my grandparents are 92, but it still won't make it any easier when it actually comes.

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  2. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us.

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  3. Sorry for your loss. I also have a great grandmother in England but we call her Grammy. I wish it wasn't so expensive to fly or I'd fly there in a heartbeat!

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