Here comes the rain

by statia on July 24, 2006

When we went to Seattle, we were surprised that Grandma was coherent and aware. To tell you the truth, we weren’t sure what to expect. We had been told quite a few different things by family and nurses. Our visit was a surprise to her, but she was overjoyed and happy to see us. It was extremely hard for the meester, and I think she knew why we were there. She told him not to worry. The nurses said that while she was declining and frail, that as long as she was eating and drinking, it was a good sign. Our point blank question of “how long does she have?” went unanswered. Very shortly after our visit, she lost all reasoning and memory. She didn’t know who her family was. She didn’t know she had visitors.

Sometime between last night and this morning, Grandma finally passed away, in her sleep. It was both no surprise and a shock. She seemed well enough that she’d be around just a little while longer, yet we knew her time was limited. A lot of people wonder if it was the Meester she wanted to see. We gave her the news of “it” and she asked how far along. When we told her, she said “a little pregnant.” A little pregnant indeed.

Rest in Peace Grandma 1907-2006 (yeah apparently MATH IS HARD. I blame the heat)


jen July 24, 2006 at 8:33 pm

I am so sorry. I am glad though that she went with the knowledge of ‘it’.

My sincerest condolences to you, the Meester, and his family….

Merrin July 24, 2006 at 8:40 pm

We’re thinking about y’all.

Milenka July 24, 2006 at 8:47 pm

I am so very sorry for your loss.

geeky July 24, 2006 at 9:09 pm

so sorry to hear grandma has passed, but happy to know she was around long enough to know you are a little pregnant.

Kate July 24, 2006 at 9:19 pm

I don’t know why, but with every granny passing I cry. I am so sorry Granny has passed away.

robyn July 24, 2006 at 10:19 pm

I’m so sorry. And so glad you got to meet her. I have a feeling someone very special will always be watching over your little one. Thinking of both of you… All our love.

Jen-Again July 24, 2006 at 10:23 pm

So sorry to read your news, my thoughts are with you all.

linda July 24, 2006 at 11:24 pm

Wow, she lived a very long life. It’s very cool that you were able to share the news of your pregnancy with her. I hope that your little bean inherits such wonderful longevity genes.

Antgrad July 24, 2006 at 11:33 pm

She was 109?! Wow! I think rather than be sad we should be thankful that such an obviously wonderful woman lived such a long time.

thalia July 24, 2006 at 11:52 pm

What a perfect comment from grandma. I’m glad you managed to make that trip and got to tell her the good news.

buzz July 25, 2006 at 3:11 am

It really is great that you were able to get up there one last time and that she knew what was happening. It must have made her last moments much much nicer. Our thoughts, as always, are with you two.

Rose July 25, 2006 at 5:16 am

My thoughts are with you, the Meester, and your family today.

Robber Barren July 25, 2006 at 6:05 am

I’m so very sorry. Best of possible thoughts to you and the Meester. She sounds like a truly wonderful person, and you are both very lucky (as I’m sure you know) to see her that one last time. And, wow, a life that spans three centuries!

Lenni July 25, 2006 at 6:55 am

I’m very sorry for your loss. I am glad that you had an opportunity to tell her your good news!

Amy July 25, 2006 at 7:05 am

I’m sorry for yours and the meester’s loss, Statia. She lived a long life and died knowing that a new life was beginning – that’s precious.

donna July 25, 2006 at 8:38 am

I’m so sorry to hear this. How wonderful that the meester got to see her one last time and she got to find out about “it.”

Jenn July 25, 2006 at 8:43 am

I’m so sorry.

girl July 25, 2006 at 8:44 am

wow. 99 years is a very long life. I hope I can hold out that long. I’m sorry for yours and the Meester’s loss. xo

Ornery July 25, 2006 at 8:44 am

I’m so glad you and the meester had a chance to see her one last time before she passed away. My condolescences.

Faith July 25, 2006 at 9:08 am

Oh, the things she must have seen…she must have been fascinating to talk to!

Hope that the Meester is doing ok, and that you are as well. Thanks for the update, btw…I was wondering how she was doing, oddly enough.

PaintingChef July 25, 2006 at 9:22 am

I am so very sorry. She sounds like such a great person and I’m sure your both will have plenty of wonderful stories to tell your children about her.

Krista July 25, 2006 at 9:25 am

Statia I am delurking to tell you I am very sorry that you and the Meester are experiencing this loss. I wish you healed hearts and tender memories.

Zuly July 25, 2006 at 10:36 am

My most heartfelt condolences to you and the Meester.

Mona July 25, 2006 at 11:31 am

Deeply sorry for yr loss :(

Lut C. July 25, 2006 at 11:58 am

How wonderous that she was lucid while you two were visiting. I’m glad you had the opportunity to say goodbye, though I’m sorry for your loss.

Donna July 25, 2006 at 12:41 pm

I’m so glad you got to meet her and she got to know about your little passenger.

Lisa July 25, 2006 at 12:51 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss; yet SO glad you got to see her and tell her about “it”.

SJW July 25, 2006 at 5:51 pm

Hugs to you both. From someone who lives a long way from her own grandmothers, I think it’s great that you both got to see Grandma and share your good news with her.
Love you both!

Camille July 25, 2006 at 5:52 pm

I totally believe she was waiting to see the meester. I sooo believe that kind of thing – I’ve seen it happen too many times to not believe in it. I’m sorry for your loss, but I am glad that you and the meester got to see her in such good condition and was able to tell her the news.

MsPrufrock July 26, 2006 at 5:17 am

Wow. 99 years old. I’m with the others in that you often hear of people hanging on just long enough to see their loved ones before they pass on. I’m glad The Meester had the opportunity to be with her and for the good (nay, great news) to be told to her.

Jenny July 26, 2006 at 7:38 am

I am so sorry, what a beautiful woman.

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