5 years, 10 months.
Last weekend, our family traveled to my hometown of Fort Payne, Alabama so that we could attend the visitation and funeral for my Grandma; Delores “Lola” Gonzales Metallo.
Our family most recently visited her just a few of months ago in July, which made the 2nd time she was able to meet Holly.
Then the following month, while you were staying at Nonna and Papa’s house for a week of “summer camp,” you visited Grandma again.
I’m so glad you got to have that one last special visit with her. Nonna sent me this picture of the two of you, which she took with her phone:
“Special visit with Grandma. A sweet bond between a 5 1/2 yr old Great Grandson with his 81 yr old Great-Grandmother. Grandma had an old movie playing on her TV and Jack loved it. Grandma was soooo happy. She loved hearing about Jack but especially the movies he was getting to go see.”
But as of last Thursday morning, at age 81, she passed on to Heaven. No more pain or suffering for her.
One of the first things that came to mind when I heard this was the children’s Bible I read to you each night before you go to bed.
Grandma gave it to me as a Christmas gift in 1988, nearly 30 years ago. In the front of it, she wrote, “With all my love!”
Grandma was known for her love of dogs, her ability to perfectly iron a shirt, her obsession with possible upcoming bad weather, and her fascination with anything Biblical.
She undeniably had a great effect on me developing my faith in Jesus. I think it’s so cool that I get to teach you from the same Bible she gave me.
During the visitation the day before her funeral, I really enjoyed hearing the stories from people who I didn’t know well, but who knew stories about her that I never knew.
It was much more a time of celebration than it was a time of mourning. She lived a long, full life. She got to meet all 4 of her great-grandchildren before she passed, of which your the first.
I would not be who I am today if it weren’t for her influence on my life. She was there every birthday, every Thanksgiving, every Christmas, and every time our family got together; each year of my entire life.
She meant a lot to me, obviously. And I know for a fact that she really loved you a lot.
We will see her again, though. This is not goodbye.