Sunday, March 30, 2014

Celebrating Life

As a kid growing up my parents divorced when I was in preschool. After the divorce, my Dad moved to Greensboro, NC, and Mom moved Emily my sister and I to the suburbs of Atlanta where she took a job teaching 2nd grade. When we got to Atlanta my mom moved in with my newly widowed Grandmother for what was going to be six months, but has turned out to be 25+ years.

As a young'un growing up with parents living 300 miles apart and having full-time careers, Emily and I should not have the luxury of growing up with a stay at home parent. But since we lived with Grandmother, we were blessed with having that luxury. We never worried about spending time in daycare. She was always happy to help out and do the parental duties of taking us to doctor appointments, gymnastics and little league when my mom was working. And we always had a lunch for school and a warm dinner every night. Life growing up was great. I could not have asked for anything more.

This past Tuesday night I got the dreaded phone call at 10:45pm from my mother saying that my Grandmother who was in fairly good health, was suddenly not doing well. She had suffered a stroke at the age of 92 and that the situation was grim. Wednesday morning I got up and raced the 300 miles down I-85 to be there for the family. It has been a long couple of days but it has been a good couple of days getting caught up with the cousins from Singapore, Texas and California. I have really enjoyed spending time with my cousin Mark who is close in age to me. I rarely get to see him since he now lives out in California and I am in North Carolina.

Today my Grandmother, who has been like a third parent to me, passed away at the age of 92 with my mom and sister by her side. Everyone was at complete peace as she passed.

It has certainly been hectic since all of the family has come to Georgia and is staying at my Grandmother's house. But it has been a great experience under the circumstances since we have all been able to support my Mother and Aunt as they have been by my Grandmother's side in the hospital and in hospice.

Over the next couple of days I won't be mourning but celebrating the past 92+ years we had with this wonderful strong willed and stubborn woman who meant so much to us.

{Grandmother and 4 out of 5 of her Grandchildren - 2011}

RIP Evelyn Rodgers
November 7, 1921 - March 30, 2014

- Andy

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