By Amy Temple ©
The day began like any other. I didn't have anything special planned that I can recall. Honestly after I received the phone call from my aunt, I can't remember anything else.
Nana had been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and it was terminal. I made plans to say my goodbyes to someone who was one of the most important people in my life. I was blessed to have four wonderful grandparents but there was something special about my maternal grandmother.
She was so full of life. So full of love. Everything was fun to Nana. It didn't matter what it was. Nana had the time of her life. Although she had to be placed into a nursing home due to other health issues and even though she was dying, Nana kept her cheery personality.
The day I arrived there was Nana, sitting in her wheelchair by the front door with that ever pleasant smile on her face. I admired the grace that Nana showed during this time. I honestly don't know if I would have handled hearing such dire news the way she did.
Perhaps after everyone had gone home, Nana did lose it, maybe she did lie in bed and cry herself to sleep at night. Maybe she yelled at God for taking her away from her family. Who knows?
All I know is that it was an honor to have been Nana's granddaughter for as long as I was.
I admit I didn't always appreciate just how truly blessed I was to have had Nana but I'm grateful that God made me wise before it was too late. She was a woman who loved and lived with every fiber of her being.
And that is the best way to live.
Written by Amy Temple ©
"I am an American inspirational and motivation writer/blogger and the author of the 2017 memoir "I Am Not Stupid" which is about living with learning disabilities and is available on Amazon. I regularly contribute to several websites, which can be found at my Linkedin profile: www.linkedin.com/in/amy-temple-34254a167. What inspires me are people who are not afraid to stand out in the crowd and follow their own path'.
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