She loved playing cards and taught all of her grandchildren how to play various games; whenever she was visiting there was always a card game in progress ... she loved coffee and would drink it all day long, adding more coffee and milk to the same cup she had started first thing in the morning ... she also loved Tanqueray gin and tonics with a twist of lime ... and Pirate baseball; she would listen to the games on a small transistor radio that crackled with static ... she loved Christmas and died on Christmas day 22 years ago ... 'Silent Night' was her favorite Christmas song and every year when I hear that song I feel surrounded by her love ... she loved God and taught us about His goodness and the importance of having faith in Him by how she lived her life ... most of all she loved her family and was so proud of each of us.
She was still living when our oldest daughter, Jill was born ... her 5th great-grandchild ... but died before we were blessed with Kelly, our younger daughter. However, one day when Kelly was about 3 or 4 years old, out of the blue she proclaimed that she had met "GG" in heaven. "GG picked me out of all the babies in heaven and asked God to send me to you and daddy" she told me. Tears just fell from my eyes ... to Kelly that story was the absolute truth ... I love the sentiment of that story and see so much of my grandmother in both of our girls.
I have so many sweet memories of my Gram ... I loved spending time with her and to this day I still feel her presence. She passed the love of needwork on to me and taught me to cross stitch. No one else in the family stitches and so stitching is the little piece of my Gram that I claim for myself.
I started stitching Scarlet Letter's MARY BAILEY the beginning of this month. I love the big, red family house; I love the angels; I love the flower motifs; I know I will love stitching her. Miss Mary will be stitched to honor my Gram's 100th birthday.
Thank you, Gram, for the sweet memories but most importantly, thank you for the unconditional love you gave to all of us ... Happy 100th Birthday! ... I love you!
|Scarlet Letter's 'MARY BAILEY' (my adaptation from the reproduction)|
Fabric: 40 count 'Lambswool' Linen from The Scarlet Letter
Fibers: AVAS silks