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Missing Nana [Dec. 7th, 2012|08:08 am]
Marissa Lingen
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About six years ago, I wrote a post about Nana and the last of her home-canned peaches. And I talked about how lucky we were to have her still, and to have her be so much herself, after what she called her "little spell" and the doctors called a hemorrhaging brain aneurism. (For those of you who don't follow the link: this is my "aunt" Kathy's mother.)

Nana died last night. And all I can think of was the time when she was caring for Nanu when he was so sick before he died, and how he said, "Dorothy, you've been so good to me, you're going to heaven for sure." And quick as a flash, she said, "Oh, no, Frank! I want to be with you!" There are so many Nana quotes that have made their way into my family's daily vocabulary--the top two are "Didn't you do that last time we went out?" and "Eat your fruit and go," but I'm sure there will come moments in the next few months when something comes out of my mouth and I stop and think, "Oh, that was from Nana." She was just one of those people you can't help smiling about even when you're crying.

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[User Picture]From: sartorias
2012-12-07 02:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am so sorry for your loss.
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[User Picture]From: bad_latin
2012-12-07 02:39 pm (UTC)
I'm so very sorry for your loss. She sounds delightful. I'm glad you have quotes and memories of her.
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From: arkessian
2012-12-07 03:00 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that Nana is gone, but she'll never be lost, not with the memories you have to make you smile.
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[User Picture]From: cathshaffer
2012-12-07 03:25 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your loss. Thank you for the wonderful remembrance. I love "I want to be with you."
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[User Picture]From: wshaffer
2012-12-07 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss. She sounds like a truly wonderful person.
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[User Picture]From: redbird
2012-12-07 03:40 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
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[User Picture]From: chinders
2012-12-07 03:41 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your family.
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[User Picture]From: judith_dascoyne
2012-12-07 03:42 pm (UTC)
This is so sad.
I send soft and tender thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: reveritas
2012-12-07 04:02 pm (UTC)
Awwwww, Mris.

*hugs* and love.
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[User Picture]From: therck
2012-12-07 04:14 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your loss.
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[User Picture]From: ckd
2012-12-07 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing her with us like this.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2012-12-07 04:20 pm (UTC)
She sounds quite wonderful. I concur with the folks who say you will always have her with you. Still, you will miss her. I am sorry for your loss.
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[User Picture]From: moiread
2012-12-07 04:54 pm (UTC)
I think your good family members are the very best family members, and I am so, so sorry your Nana is gone.
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[User Picture]From: skzbrust
2012-12-07 04:56 pm (UTC)
She sounds like she was wonderful to know. I'm sorry she's gone, but glad you had her in your life for so long. I wish I'd known her.
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From: hawkwing_lb
2012-12-07 05:04 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
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