Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Mimi

Hannah got to meet her great grandmother yesterday! My sweet Mimi, four days shy of her 94th birthday, went home to be with the Lord. She had seven children, 17 grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. Quite the legacy!

There are so many things I remember about Mimi. She lived in Connecticut, so we only saw her when we traveled there every few years or when she came to Minnesota once in a while. When we visited her in Connecticut, I distinctly remember Frosted Flakes for breakfast and lots of The Price is Right. :)

She also taught me how to swear. Well, maybe not exactly on purpose. ;) But I remember mom blaming Mimi when she heard me swear for the first time. ("Where the hell did you get those shoes?")

Sadly, Mimi dealt with dementia for the last year or so of her life. I haven't seen her since Jack was about 18 months old, but I'm pretty sure she wouldn't have even recognized me if I'd seen her more recently. And for that, I am so thankful that she is in a better place. No more confusion, pain, or frustration.

Psalm 116:15
Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his faithful servants.

Margaret Marie Berube
December 17, 1917 - December 13, 2011


Mom said...

Thanks, honey. She was loved by so many. I love your swearing reference. Hilarious! She was a bit of a pistol. And the apple didn't fall far from the tree. :)

Lisa said...

Erin, I remember lots of Price is Right too!! My first encounter with death was when Jessica Everroad died, and Mom and Dad went to her funeral. Mimi watched us for several days. And boy did we watch Price is Right every day! That was also the time I learned how to bake cookies on my own, and she bought me colored chocolate chips. It was awesome. :)

amy + ryan said...

Oh, this is beautiful. And reading this makes me really love the practice of naming children after people - I love that I recognized her name as part of yours. Part of the whole legacy thing...