Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My maternal grandmother's 9th yartzheit tonight

My grandma’s ninth Hebrew yartzheit, 23 Sivan, starts tonight at sunset. A quick note about "Gram," a truly wonderful woman whom I didn’t properly appreciate during her time on this Earth. Married for 50+ years, mother of three, grandmother of eight, she had so much to be proud of. She always enjoyed our visits in Cincinnati and Tupper Lake* and her visits to see us, either with Gramps or by herself. Twice, as a young teen, I stayed in Cincinnati after my family left in December to spend extra time with my grandparents and then flew home on my own. And twice, before my sixth and seventh grades, I flew by myself to visit them in Tupper. It’s hard to understand, as a child, how valuable that time is until it’s gone, and then it’s too late.

*Summer home in Upstate New York's Adirondack Mountains, near Lake Placid. My last visit was 1987.

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