Friday, August 28, 2009

Growing Old

How hard it must be to grow old. I am somewhat sad today as my mother helps my grandma go through her things. She is moving into an assisted living facility where there is no room for decades of memories. I imagine, as she sits in her chair in front of her dresser, that she too is sad.

How fondly she looks at that necklace, so fragile and beautiful. Or the lamp that sits atop that she bought 30 years ago when she traveled with a loved one. And that bottle of perfume that will always remind me of the way she smells. The beautiful crochet doily her grandmother made. What about the pictures of family all over her house that have to be packed and given away. I wonder if she looks at each one and remembers.

I would love to hear the stories behind them all, and I bet she's looking at those pictures thinking... 'what a great life I've had'.

There is one thing that consoles my heart today. I am certain that my grandmother will spend eternity in heaven when God calls her home. And when that day comes she will take nothing with her but her soul.



Anonymous said...

Hi Hon, What a beautiful, yet heartwrenching post. It was so very hard watching her go thru her belongings, trying to choose what to keep and what must go.

I brought her home with me for a couple of days to rest and relax. We will go back tomorrow and start putting her new apartment in order.

Love you

Christy said...

It's been a long time since I left a comment here. Hope you don't mind! :0)
You summed it up so beautifully. Those possessions will pale in comparison to her new home and seeing her Father's face, when her Earthly existence no longer remains. Praying for your grandmother as she adjusts to her new home.

ocean mommy said...

Hey Cheri,

We are going through similar things with my grandparents right now. It's so hard to watch, but there is so much comfort in knowing that "this" is not all there is!

Praying that your grandmother meets new friends and enjoys her new apartment!


Jenifer said...

Hey friend! My family went through this very recently when my grandfather passed away. Going through his things was very hard, but we were praising Jesus the whole time because he was rejoicing with his Savior!!

Praying for you and your family as you transition through this change.


Cheri said...

Hey all,

Thanks so much for your prayers for Grama! She seems to be enjoying herself in her new place. So far the transition is going well. Thanks again friends!

2hard2bfat said...

Hey...thanks for checking in on me. Things here have been very hectic and I hope to be able to blog more openly about them in the coming months. But please, I know God is leading you to...keep praying for me! Your message came in the midst of a major storm.