I loved all of your comments about traveling solo – what great, awesome experiences we’ve had!
SImilar to traveling and exploring by myself, sometimes I like a good, long run by my lonesome to sort through my thoughts. I needed one on Saturday morning more than I have in a long time.
This week my family lost one of the greatest people I’ve ever known.
(My great-grandma, whom we called Nonna, and myself)
Although it was expected, I’ve taken it pretty hard. Losing loved ones is something I don’t have much experience in, and knowing I will never hear her laugh, see her smile or envelop her into a giant hug is something I still can’t quite fathom.
Whenever I talk about her to people, they’re usually amazed I had a great-grandma. My response is almost always:
“Yep, and she’s awesome.”
Nonna wasn’t just your run-of-the-mill elderly woman. She gambled with the best of them (getting her out of the casinos in Buffalo/Niagara Falls was always a challenge…), cooked and baked some of the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted, and loved her family fiercely and unconditionally. She was fiesty and real, and always told you how it was.
If asked to describe Nonna in one word, I think it would be precious.
14 miles through Central and Riverside Parks was just what I needed to reflect, feel sad and remember the happy times we spent together.
I like to think I get some of my cooking enthusiasm from Nonna – she’s probably one of the best cooks and bakers I’ve known. Her recipes were so ingrained in her head they’d be impossible to duplicate. The last meal she cooked for us was her specialty – lasagna, meatballs and sauce.
Nonna was 96, and if my life is even a fraction of what hers was like, I’ll consider myself pretty lucky. It’s been a privilege to have known and loved her, and an absolute gift to have her in my life for so long.
I’ll never forget this last meal, just like I’ll never forget her.
Question: How do you deal with loss? Cheesy as it may be, I think celebrating their lives and remembering the happy times are really important.