Above the Horizon I

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19 Responses

  1. lime says:

    i am already glad to know your grandma and grateful that your friend compelled you attend…..i think i shall likely be even moreso till you stitch together each part of this tale….

  2. flutter says:

    You spotlessly quoted rapper’s delight and made me teary all in the same post.

    Quite a feat.

  3. geewits says:

    I sort of feel the same way about my maternal grandmother. I think she is far more attractive in hindsight. Just out of curiosity, was your grandmother also of German descent?

  4. citizen of the world says:

    SOmetimes it is hard to see the good qualities in someone until after they are gone. Lovely post.

  5. Say It says:

    there is something so special in having known someone from what seems a bygone era. What a nice tribute.

  6. Jazz says:

    It sometimes takes hindsight to appreciate a person. Your grandma seems like a force of nature.

  7. yinyang says:

    I have a dancing toy hamster that sings “Rapper’s Delight.”

    And, good thing this is just part one, because otherwise I would complain. Just so you know.

  8. Patience says:

    When my grandfather died, I didn’t know about it until after the funeral. My mother told me that she knew I wouldn’t be able to travel to the service anyway. And since he and I were, to put it mildly, less than close, she didn’t figure I would have wanted to come anyway. Still . . . I would have liked to know.

  9. Claudia says:

    I love the way you weave your words. You truly use them to the best of their abilities and spin such lovely visions it’s hard not to read and read them again.

  10. chelle says:

    funerals are more than what they seem. Stitched together. I like that.

  11. velvet says:

    Wow. What a post.

    Your friend was right. A funeral is more than what it seems. It gets people together to bond with who’s left behind just as much as much as it serves as a memorial to who is gone.

  12. furiousBall says:

    i wonder if a marketing guy ever approached the mayor of Billings with the concept of making Peter Billingsley (yes of A Christmas Story fame) the honorary guardian of the town. Maybe equip him with a red rider BB gun, standing guard keeping the good people of Billingsley safe and sound at night. And woe be tide any would be thief in the nite, for the Billings guardian will smite him with a righteous sting with a copper ball.

  13. Chantal says:

    a fitting tribute to an honourable person.

  14. Stepping over the Junk says:

    lovely. hey, I have a Grandma Dorothy in Flagstaff!

  15. Jeannie says:

    You are fortunate to have known your Grandmother – I never met either of mine.

    And funerals are very important. They are unscheduled family reunions. A time to reconnect with the past.

  16. pistols at dawn says:

    “Ubiquitous and completely without redemption?” How many breakup letters have I read accusing me of similar things?

    Okay, none, but not because those emotions weren’t felt – instead, because I rarely date people who can read or write.

    I did not go to these funerals, which at the time seemed dumb, but now mean that years later, I read an obituary someone saved and learn about my grandparents’ lives that way.

    Apparently, Grandpa at Dawn could fly.

    No, wait, I wrote that in there myself. Apparently, he died of Old, which he’d been steadily catching all his life.

  17. kimber the wolfgrrrl says:

    A beautiful post, and the picture is lovely. And while I am, in principle, against the late-90’s comedy icon of the ‘rapping granny’, you’ve somehow turned that on its head and made it a sweet symbol of intergeneration bewilderment. Kudos. 🙂

  18. Diana says:

    Yes, you do need to go to funerals, in part for your own peace and in part to connect in with the others you may have had in common with the deceased. Seems like the only time I see my cousins are when someone in the family dies. Sad, that, as I really do like my cousins.

  19. Glamourpuss says:

    What an evocative post – makes me think of that Jane Smiley novel – A Thousand Acres for some reason.


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