Thursday, October 23, 2008

Remembering Grandma

It was ten years ago this week that my grandmother passed away. Sometimes it seems like it was only yesterday that I got the call my junior year at Bethel. And it was just a week before that when I said good-bye to her for the last time. Neither her or I really knew what to say. Neither of us wanted to admit it would be the last time we'd speak to each other. She told me to do well in school and I told her that I loved her. I regret not telling her how much she means to me and how I love and respect her spirit and character. I still miss her deeply and think of her often.In the fall I think of her all the time. Whenever I hear a flock of geese honking as they fly overhead or see them in the grass, I think of Grandma Forbes. During the summers at our cabin, Grandma would sit in her chair in the front room. She had a goose that would come right up to the window as if it was coming just to visit her. It came back year after year, every summer. Then the day of her burial, right after we finished praying, two geese swooped down right over her casket and they were honking with all their might. It was as if they were coming to stay good-bye to their friend. Geese are not the most beautiful birds...but they bring wonderful memories to me.

6 comments:

Katie said...

That's a great picture. I never realized how much she looked like your mom. Can it really have been ten years? Thinking of you and your family.

Natalie, Eric, Evan, and Emmett said...

Fall is hard for me too...because of dad. I'm thinking of ya..I also thought it was your mom, crazy.

Natalie, Eric, Evan, and Emmett said...

Okay so this is random, but I just turned on Super Why..a kid show..and the book is "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg"

jeffrey forbes said...

my mother was good mother to me. i miss her dearly. i'll never forget all the fun times, like traveling. i'm glad i'm her son.

Mom E said...

Thanks, Mindy. I miss her too, especially near this time and about her birthday in May. This was a nice tribute to her. Grandpa reminded me on the 22nd that that was the day she died and in his room. That made me kind of sad - even though I remembered it, I hadn't said anything. I know he really misses her yet, too. Had a good time last night for your anniversary. Buca's is fun. Too bad Cold Stone was closed - Dad couldn't understand why they would mix the flavors together. He has to get a life. Have a great anniversary tomorrow. Hope to see you soon. Maybe even before Thanksgiving. Hope Sue's surgery goes well. We'll be thinking of and praying for her, especially tomorrow. Love you both, Mom

damon anthony skala said...

yeah she was a good mother there aint a day go by that i dont think of her . now she would be upset knowing that ive been banned for life from my former cabin on french lake . its no longer the forbes family cabin.