Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Remember 101 Years

How do you remember 101 years? My grandma passed away last Sunday at the age of 101. This was something that she had been praying for since I was a kid, so it was sweet that she finally made it home. However, that doesn't make it any easier for us left here. Even though she was showing signs of dementia she always would remember me. ...Until looking through pictures, I hadn't realized that my grandma hadn't worn her glasses the last few years of her life, I'd like to think that perhaps this is why she always asked who I was? She couldn't see me.

Anyhow in addition to losing my grandma who was my last living grandparent (aside from in-laws), I feel like I've had to say goodbye to my link to such a historic past. At a 101 she lived through so much, even though she never went to school past fifth grade or learned to drive a car. She endured the loss of an infant child, the years of unknown separation with her husband due to the war in Europe, and then came over to America to essentially have her family be work-slaves for a year while paying back the farmer who allowed them to them enter this country.

As a kid I didn't realize that she had such a hard past, I just thought she liked to stay home knit, crochet, sew, cook, clean, garden and mow the lawn. She's the one who first intrigued my mind with the beauty of crocheting and all things yarn. She created endless afghans and doilies for all of her family and it's nice that we each get something like that to hold onto.

I had previously written the Grandma Projects blog about her,
where I talked all about her skill of yarn.

At the funeral last week, each of her daughter's families created a poster board with pictures of Oma in our life. One cousin, stepped above and beyond by creating the board above. She put one of Oma's doilies and necklaces on the board and then scrapbooked photos of other things she made and loved on there as well. It was a great way to really connect with who Oma was.

It's hard to say goodbye, but I'm glad that I can keep the crocheting part of her alive.


  1. Lisa this is the best post! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Truely touching post! This is so sweet, and what a great way to honor your grandma. What do you think crocheting was like 100 years ago? Do you think they had to make the yarn first?

  3. Aww, thanks ladies! And now you've intrigued me about this supply of yarn 100 years ago... perhaps this is a good future blog idea!

  4. Lisa, thank you for sharing a few of your memories with your grandmother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.