Friday, July 17, 2009

Flashback Friday

July’s theme: Holiday Road. Post photos of past vacations

I am a little late in getting this up this week, mainly due to the fact that this evening is our Relay for Life and I have been terribly busy and partly due to the fact that I could not get my scanner to work (thus my lack of photos for this week).

Because it is our big night, I wanted to talk a little bit about the woman for whom I am walking in memory of – my grandmother, Lois.

She died of breast cancer in November 1982. And even though she was not a part of my life for very long, she left behind a wonderful legacy. She was a beautiful woman, who held her faith and her family very near and dear to her heart. She was as southern as they come, believing in good manners, frilly dresses, and beautiful penmanship.

One thing I remember most about her though, was the fact that her favorite place in the world was her home-away-from-home in West Palm Beach, Florida.Lois ps

West Palm was her slice of paradise here on earth and the only thing she enjoyed more than being down there, was sharing that time with her family. So anytime we had a few free days, we headed off on vacation. Palm Beach

Even after she passed, we would still go down there on occasion. I think it is where my mother felt closest to hers. And even though we no longer venture towards that piece of paradise, it will always hold a very special place in our hearts just as my grandmother Lois always will.Palm Beach

I think that she would be so honored and proud of my walking tonight and so thankful to those of you who have helped in sponsoring me in this amazing event. So from her and from me, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Maybe one day the cure for this terrible disease will be discovered.

9 comments:

~Tom~ said...

What a beautiful way to honor your grandmother. I am sure she is smiling on you from up above.

Stacey said...

That is such a beautiful tribute...I will be thinking about you tonight. ((HUGS))

Stacey said...

Sounds like your grandma was very special to you.

If that is her in the first picture, you look just like her!

Melinda said...

Stacey - yes that is her in the first picture. My mom was adopted so unfortunately she is not my biological grandmother; however, I appreciate the compliment. She was a beauty!!

Jenny said...

That was very sweet, have fun tonight :)

Heidi said...

Such a beautiful post. i feel like i've been an awful bloggy friend. i haven't been participating in flashback friday, and i haven't been commenting...busy busy busy...ug!

Life with Kaishon said...

This made me cry. Big guffaws. Your Grandmother was beautiful. As is your Mommy. I am glad you come from such a wonderful legacy. I will pray for you tonight. Thank you for bringing awareness to so many. Much love!

Kristin said...

What a nice tribute! I hope your relay went well. We watched the movie and really enjoyed it- thanks again!

Stacey said...

I can't believe she is not your biological grandmother! You look so much alike!