Your old weathered hands in mine
felt fragile but warm
and your tired wise face still managed a smile
you’ve lived a long happy life
and what a journey it’s been
but now it’s time for the last mile
Travel well Grandma Pat 1/09/29 – 15/01/21
I travelled down to a small town called Wonthaggi yesterday to visit my Grandma (92) who had taken a turn for the worse.
She’s always been a small woman but somehow she seemed even smaller, snuggled up, in the hospital bed.
I knelt beside her and held her hand and kissed her forehead. She opened her eyes and her face lit up when she recognised me. Her eyes closed again and her hand tightened on mine just enough to say hello.
A little while later she became quite chatty, asking about my daughters, my wife and my work. We called my sister and Grandma teased her about knowing about my nephews plans to try for a baby in 2021 before my sister knew hehe.
I spoon fed her bits of ice because she couldn’t manage a drink any longer.
The doctor spoke to me quietly in the hallway and said they are now just making her comfortable. I read between the lines. All my family live interstate so I called them all to inform them that things weren’t looking too good.
I held Grandmas hand for as long as I could before kissing her and telling her I love her very much.
This morning I woke with a start at 6:45am.
My Dad called half an hour later to inform me that Grandma (His mum) had passed away at 6:45am.
Later today a friend of mine on Instagram sent a picture of his baby son who born today.
Life and Death.
I did one job for work this morning, hoping to get a big day in to keep my mind off things. It’s what I do. It’s how I cope. However, it started to pour down. We are having a very strange summer here in Australia.
I came home and got stuck into my Fembruary project. I was home alone for a few hours and put on Johnny Cash and a little Sam Cooke and had a few cups of tea.
I’m quite happy with my progress and I hope you like what I’ve done too.
I’m really enjoying this project and it was a good way of distracting myself today. I still have so much to do but I’m confident I’ll get it all done. I’m nearly done with the actual treehouse and then I’ll be moving on to an outhouse (dunny) and small open-air workshop on the ground level. Tomorrow I’m going swimming with the little one, then I’ll clean my roof gutters before sitting down to do more on the treehouse.
I’m not a religious person but we are burning a candle for Grandma tonight 😊
Thanks for stopping by.