Love is what matters…

I could list the things my grandmother has taught me.

I could decide not to write about her passing away on this blog. After all, this blog usually speaks more about writing and reading. Plus, I´m usually very private about this type of events, the type which affects me to the point of tears. Tears that I again do not like to shed in public.

But…

I want to talk about her. I´d like you to see her through my eyes just one minute and see how wonderful of a woman she was.

My grandma was ninety, she lived through so many events, she had so many hardships, but through it all, she stayed mémé Julienne: gentle, generous, kind, and proud.

I spent a lot of time with her as a kid.

When I had music lessons on Tuesday after school, I would walk to her place to have dinner. She made the yummiest carrots for her Beef Burgundy. I ate with her and my grandpa.

When I was sick, I stayed a lot at her place. She taught me how to crochet. With her and my other grandma who taught me how to knit, I did the cutest outfit for my barbie.

When I broke my arm, and thought blood was coming out of my cast, she managed to calm me down. And still told the story 20 years later.

When I was little, she always had my favorite cookies at her place. She still did more than twenty years later. And kept the cup I wanted to turn from blue to white by drinking lots of milk.

My grandma told us stories from when she was younger. She also taught me a lot by not only being such a wonderful example but also by reminding me what was important.

She believed in me, in all her children, great-children and great-great children.

Every time I called her, she always told me to be kind to my husband, because love is what matters.

Tomorrow or next week or whenever, I´ll blog again about my book, my non-NaNoing, the stories I´ve read or how my grandma gave me inspiration but for now, I´ll just leave you with her words.

Love is what matters.

39 Comments

  1. Elise Fallson says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your grand-mother. It sounds like she was an amazing woman and I think you both were luck to be a part of each others lives. Love is what matters. Hugs and courage ma belle. (:

  2. Tonya says:

    Hello Beautiful Elodie, I am so sad to read about your loss. Your words are precious and true. Thank you for sharing. I am sending thoughts, love, and prayers across the way to you and all the family. Love you and miss you!! I am around this weekend for a phone visit Love. xoxo

  3. Alex Brown says:

    awww Elodie, I’m so sorry about your grandmother. She sounds like such an awesome person, though, and I’m sure she’ll live on in your memories of her 🙂 And I love her thought that “love is what matters” – I think that’s something we all could remember every now and then.

    If you need anything, I’m just a tweet away! ❤

    • Elodie says:

      Thank you so much, Alex! I have such wonderful memories of her, and she was so wonderful, Im simply grateful she was in my life!

      On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM, commutinggirl

  4. I’m so sorry, Elodie. This is a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. Thanks for sharing her with us. Your descriptions of her really made me smile. I hope that you and your family are able to enjoy sharing memories like these even though I know how much you must miss her.

    • Elodie says:

      Thank you so much, Jess! All those memories make me smile, and do help me to simply be grateful for her, even if its tough. Hope youre doing good!

      On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM, commutinggirl

  5. Jaime says:

    I’m sorry, Elodie. Your grandmère sounds like a wonderful lady. I could actually picture these little stories happening, and they all made me smile. We’re all thinking about you and your family right now, and sending you the biggest hugs from wherever we are.

    • Elodie says:

      Thanks again so much, Jaime! My mm was indeed a wonderful lady, a class act with a big heart and so nice! Im holding on to my memories, and Im so grateful she was in my life.

      On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 4:08 PM, commutinggirl

  6. Rebecca B says:

    I’m so sorry, Elodie. Reading this beautiful tribute to your grandmother moved me to tears. She sounds like an incredible and loving person. Thinking of you and your family, and sending love your way.

    • Elodie says:

      Thank you so much Rebecca! She was indeed incredible and loving, and I wish you all could have gotten to know her 😀 Im simply grateful she was in my life!

      On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 4:46 PM, commutinggirl

  7. Erin L. Funk says:

    This was a really lovely way to honour your grandmother’s memory, Elodie. Thank you for sharing what she meant to you. So sorry for your loss and I hope you continue to find inspiration in the things your grandmother passed on to you.

    • Elodie says:

      Thank you so much, Erin! Im holding to those memories, and to all those precious moments I had with her. I am very grateful for her.

      On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 9:35 PM, commutinggirl

  8. katyupperman says:

    So, so sorry to hear about your grandmother, Elodie. She sounds like a sweet, gracious, WISE woman. I wish I had known her! You were so lucky to have her in your life, and I’ll be thinking of you in the coming weeks and months as you come to terms with her passing. For now, big, big hugs. ❤

    • Elodie says:

      Thanks again so much, Katy! I am indeed very lucky that she was in my life…And Im holding on to those wonderful memories I have of her.

      On Sat, Nov 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM, commutinggirl

  9. Temre Beltz says:

    This is so beautiful, Elodie. Thank you so much for sharing these precious and special memories of your beloved grandma. I love that through your words and bravery, you have blessed us all with a little piece of her goodness. I love that her words “love is what matters” need no explanation but just the example of the way she has touched you (and now all of us). I am sending hugs and love your way.

  10. Alexa says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Grandmother. Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories with us, she sounds like an amazing and wise woman. I hope your memories of her are helping you and your family.

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