When my mom called this Saturday morning I knew why she was
calling before she spoke. My grandmother, Gramma Lu as she's known
to everyone, passed away early that morning. She had been sick for
a long time and was recently under hospice care. The last few days
before, she had not been doing well.
Gramma Lu did things in her lifetime that I can't imagine;
things I hope and pray I'll never have to do. She waited as her
husband went off to war and cared for him when he returned injured.
She watched as sons and grandsons were sent to war. She buried her
husband and two of her children.
Gramma Lu has quite the family. Her own nine children, 27
grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren, plus all of their
spouses and significant others. Among them are people who teach
children, construct buildings and homes and serve in the armed
forces. There are business owners, health care workers and
full-time parents. There is one person who helps mothers bring
babies into the world and one who cares for people as they are
leaving this world.
This summer a beautiful baby girl joined our family and Gramma
Lu was promoted to Great-Great-Gramma Lu.
Gramma Lu lived for 95 years. I will miss her; everyone in my
family will miss her. But it brings me great joy - really, great
joy - to know that she is finally reunited with my grandfather and
two of her daughters.
My parents always told me I could be anything I wanted to be and
I tell my kids the same. That statement often brings to mind the
President of the United States, an Olympic athlete or maybe a
But I want to be Gramma Lu. I want to live a happy life,
surrounded by family and friends. I want to help people out when I
can. I want to raise my kids to be good people and help them to
raise their kids to be good people.
What more could anyone want?
Sara Parisi is an on-the-go mom of three energetic boys.
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