Saturday, 10 January 2015

Saying goodbye

This week we said goodbye to our beloved Nanny after her long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

This was a day we knew was coming.  She was 90, and had been in the late stage of the disease for years.

Despite that, I am so sad. 

But I also want to capture a few memories of her, right now, in the middle of all this...


She loved to cook.  And hosted a mean dinner party. 

Her pickled onions were legendary.

She always wore the fanciest high heels. 

And had the best lipstick (and would literally stop traffic to re-apply it - which makes me smile).

She loved the musical Cats and the Nutcracker ballet.

When I was sick as a kid, she'd drive all over the city to bring me fresh Matzo ball soup.

She let us jump on the beds and her fancy furniture (don't tell Jack!).

She spoiled us rotten.

She could play anything on the piano.

She loved ice-cream.

Even when she was fighting early Alzheimer's, she still stood up and gave a speech at my wedding.

When she lost her ability to speak, and could no longer recognize us, she'd still smile and wink.

Meeting Jack for the first time, 2007.

As our very involved Grandmother, she also became a friend, confidant, and mentor.

She loved her family like nothing else.  Her incredible dedication to us all was amazing.   I am truly grateful to have had her in my life.

We love and miss you, Nanny.

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