A few days after I arrived in Europe, I attempted to contact my mother with no success.  I received a message later that my grandmother was in the hospital and not doing well.  I thought about her often and hoped she would get better – my grandmother being a determined and persistent woman.

I finally reached my sister today and heard that my grandmother passed on Thursday.

It is not as though this was unexpected – she has been in and out of the hospital for some time now.  And I am sad, yes, but I am also glad that she is at peace.   My biggest disappointment is that I could not be with my family through any of it.

My grandmother was a war bride, coming to America from Czechoslovakia after WWII with my grandfather.  She did not talk to us much about her past or her family – although I remember her reading a holiday card to us as a child which had been written by her family in the Czech Republic.  Odin was actually able to get more information from her about her past than I had ever heard before, and I soaked up everything she had to say.

I am sad to have lost the wealth of stories and the language she carried with her throughout her life.  I am sad I could not be there through any of the sorrow.  All I can do now is remember.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. michimusic
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 16:25:57

    I’m very sorry for your family’s loss. Hoping for as much peace as possible, for all of you.


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