Tuesday, 19 January 2010

My Granny

My Granny died yesterday. She had just turned 90 and had been frail for a long time - I'm pretty sure she would have been ready to go. Still, she was my last grandparent and it is sad to lose the last of that generation.

My Granny wasn't very "grandmotherly" - I reckon having 8 children herself (my youngest uncle is about the same age as my older sister!) cured her of any mushy feelings towards her grandkids. She was still my Granny though, and I'll miss her.


This is the last time I saw my Granny - on my wedding day nearly 2 years ago. She made a valiant effort to cross the country to see her second-eldest grandchild wed, and I was honoured to have her there. I am also very glad that she lived to see the birth of my Princess - her 3rd (I think... I lose track of my many cousins) great-grandchild.

Sadly, I won't be able to get to South Africa for the funeral, but I know my enormous family back home will give her a great send off.

Bye bye Granny. I love you.

PS. My Dad asked me for a few memories of my Granny for the eulogy, so I'll do them here too.

  • Her nails and hair were always perfect, and she had the most amazingly colour-coordinated trouser suits and twinsets.

  • She made the best home-made ginger beer and preserved figs.

  • We'd visit for long Sunday lunches with tons of food - Sis and I would almost be ill from over-eating!

  • She would save me the movie star teen-idol pin-ups from her magazines.

  • When she visited London while I was living there she insisted on going to a casino and gave me 50 pounds to play with. On another evening I took her to a ship-pub on the Thames and she bought me drinks!

5 comments:

Nat said...

So sorry to learn that granny has passed away.....my thoughts are with you and your family.
Hugs x

Kat said...

So sorry to hear your news. Even when it is their "time" I know it is still really sad.

My 91 year old great aunt has not been too good of late - in and out of hospital a couple times since just before xmas. We are hoping she has a bit more left in her but she's going to need a lot more assistance and help now than in the past. We are trying to avoid a care home though, as she would just hate that!

Lisa said...

Oh I am sorry to hear. She really reminded me of all those boxing day braai's when I saw her last after your wedding. My last grandparent passed away 2 years ago now. I remember mostly feeling so sad for my dad and thinking of the history that these little old ladies carry with them. Mel, I hope that we get to see Princess and Jack expand our families as our granny's have. Then I hope that our kids get a chance to hear about our childhoods and playing dark-dark to 'War of the Worlds' and eating golden smacaroos every time our moms got together. It's hard to grieve so far away. Please pass my love on to your dad. XXXXX

Suzanne said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your Granny. I love the picture of the two of you.

waterbob said...

It was a good service and a big turnout. I have sent you the remembrance notes which you might consider using. Many asked after you and your lovely family.