It has been twelve days since my grandmother started making her shift to leave this world. For my friends I apologize upfront for not staying in touch during this time, but it was all I could do just to get through the day. After I graduated, there was something that made me hesitate to take a job right away. For my higher self knew on some level what was going to happen. The universe had planned it out so I could be there with my grandmother during this time in her life. I am forever grateful for the time I got to share with her and with my family.
Rosalie was born in 1916 and lived through the Great Depression, World War II, and many other interesting and trying times. She learned not to waste anything and always valued what she did have. Rosalie leaves behind three children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Those who know her best remember her radiant smile that touched your heart and her nickname of "bright eyes". Towards the end of her life she lived to appreciate all the sweet moments life had to offer. During this time I got to grow closer to my uncle, aunt, great uncle, and of course my mom. One of the lasting gifts Rosalie gave me was profound, but subtly so.
You see, we come into this world with nothing, no material possessions whatsoever. Throughout our lives we accumulate these "things" we think are essential. Then as the years go by, what once filled an entire house has now dwindled into a small room, and those things that were left can be dispersed quickly when one's life ends. What we leave behind is not what most of us strive to work so hard for, all the material possessions, but rather it is our love we have shared and those people we have touched.
Things can be taken away in a blink of an eye, and I know my generation is obsessed with having the latest gizmo's and gadgets. Rosalie gave me the gift that opened my eyes to what truly matters in life, family and friends. She taught elementary school, and yet it went beyond that, teaching others far and wide.
We all will leave this world one day as we make our transition back home to be with all of our loved ones and friends. I want to look back on my life and be proud of the person I am. It is an honor to have been taught by my grandmother to be brave, and go forward in life while keeping a smile on your face. No one's life is easy as we go along our paths, yet trust and faith can bring you a long way.
As I sang to you Nana, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. I know that while the body is only a vessel, the spirit continues to live forever. I am happy for you dear, that you finally are free and at peace. I love you sweet Rosie.