My Memere passed away today, after a brief battle with esophageal cancer. She was surrounded by the people who loved her and she went peacefully. No more pain. No more radiation. No more doctor visits.
Nicole (on the right) is the writer in the family, and when there was a request for her to give a reading at the funeral, she agreed. We’re all planning on letting her know if there are certain memories that we want to be shared, and my mom asked me if there was anything specific I would want to be remembered.. But how could I ever pick just one moment. One memory? How is that even possible?
I guess if I absolutely had to choose one memory, it would be the multiple sleepovers that my sister, brother and I had over her and Pepere’s home. After dinner (which usually involved homemade pizza with sliced hotdogs on top,) we were all in our pajamas, and memere would whip up a big batch of popcorn. She would turn on the kitchen radio and as soon as the beat came on (every song had to have a beat in order for her to like it 😉 ), she would grab one of us grandkids and start dancing and twirling. I used to love it when she would twirl me around. I’d laugh and giggle as she tried to twirl herself underneath my skinny little 7-year old arm.
Then in the morning we’d wake up late and eat icecream sundaes for breakfast, complete with sprinkles and whipped cream. She’d serve it to us while we were watching Tom and Jerry cartoons. I think we enjoyed it almost as much as she enjoyed spoiling us.
I’m a little out of sorts right now, I’ve got to say. A little bit in a fog. But I know that my Memere is finally in a better place, and she is now in absolute peace. And I’ll see her again someday.
In memory of my Memere, please give someone you love a hug today and let them know what they mean to you!!!