Sad news

Today is a sad day over at the Gardensalad/GonnaEatThat household.  Marvin Gardensalad's grandmother died.

She was approximately 797 years old. Seriously, girlfriend was old, and if her pictures from her youth are any indication, it seems like she had a full, fun life. But no one wanted to see her go.

Grandma Sophie was about five feet tall, with a flaming head of red hair. Every time she saw me, she'd say, "Did you get taller? Why are you so tall?" I never told her she was a Shrinky-Dink and that was why I seemed like such a giant.

She had one of those "I'm old and I'll say what I want" kinds of attitudes that I admire and can't wait to have. There was little politeness filter going on with her, and every single time I saw her, she had me in stitches. She was hysterically funny, and oh-so-blunt.

Once we were at a funeral, Grandma Sophie and me, and the funeral director asked her how she was. She said, "I'm standing. In this place, that means I'm doing pretty good."

So, goodbye, Grandma Sophie. You were one of my favorite people on earth. You told me over and over that you had the soul of a cat. I think you lived your nine lives, and then some, with humor, grace and vivid red hair.

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At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

15 thoughts on “Sad news”

  1. My condolences. She sounds like such a character! One that you’ll surely miss, but remember with great fondness.


  2. Hi June & Marvin,
    I’m very sorry to hear about Grandma Sophie. She sounds like she was absolutely wonderful and she will be sorely missed.
    My condolences and love,
    Your Pal from MA


  3. Oh June, so sorry for you and Marvin! I’ll bet Sophie went out her way, though. She sounds like someone who did life on her terms. What a great lady to emulate!
    The best way you can honor her is to be yourself, she loved that!


  4. Oh I’m sorry to hear that the Gardensalad family has lost their matriarch .. that is assuming Grandma Gardensalad’s mother isn’t alive. :o)
    My sincere sympathy to you June and Marvin. It’s great that you have so many lovely fond memories of her.


  5. I am really sorry for the loss of someone so special to you both. I do remember some of the stories you shared and I know they made you smile. May these memories always bring you the same warmth and a place of peace. ~ Smiles and Hugs


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