This took me some time and courage to write. I hope you’ll bear with me. I wasn’t sure I wanted to “go there” with something close to my heart. I’ve lost two of the most wonderful people in this world. They lived in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Now they live in heaven. I truly believe that.
My Gammy’s name was Catherine. She had the most beautiful singing voice and played the piano as well as sewed many of her own clothes. She called me her little songbird because I would always sing to and with her. She was gentle and sweet and had an infectious laugh. Growing up, she was my “favorite” grandparent. She sewed dresses for me when I was little. One year for Christmas, she gave me two dolls and sewed a whole wardrobe for them. I loved all the tiny clothes she had painstakingly made especially for me. That is something I will always treasure. Gammy passed away January 24, 2011. I know she is watching over me today, her little songbird.
My Grandpa’s name was Frank. His family had emigrated from Austria before he was born. He liked to tease and joke a lot. I remember his laugh and his smile. He loved my brother and I, his only grandchildren. He’d leave “loonies” or 1 dollar coins at the table for my brother and I when we would visit. I remember how much he loved candied papaya. Anytime I think about papaya I think about him. My grandpa was tirelessly dedicated to take care of Gammy when she became sick over 10 years ago. His continuous service to her was an example of his love for Jesus Christ. I believe he was heartbroken when Gammy died and passed away February 20, 2011. I know that he is glad to be reuinted with his wife.
There is no way to describe the feeling of no longer having them on earth. Despite the sadness, I know that they no longer have any pain of old age, that they are happy and comfortable and are nearer to me than I realize. I’m glad for the lives that they led, the examples that they were and that I was able to know such wonderful people. It makes me wish I would have appreciated the time we spent together but I have learned to appreciate the time that I have with my own parents.