Above the Horizon: Part the Last

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27 Responses

  1. AmyTree says:

    Beautiful. I love the professional b&w photo – he looks like a movie star! Thank you… I’ve really enjoyed the whole story – each and every installation. 🙂

  2. Diana says:

    I’m guessing that your Grandma Dorothy would be extremely pleased for you to remember her the way you do. I’d bet she hated the decline of her body and the betrayal of age and illness.

    What a life well lived.

  3. Bob says:

    what a happier memory you have of her now.

  4. Chantal says:

    I waited till you got to part last to read all of these. Isn’t it amazing, the life our parents, grandparents have had that we don’t even know about. Beautiful story.

  5. Patience says:

    Wow! What a great story! What a great remembrance!!

  6. Jeni says:

    I have your blog on my reader and though I read all your post, I confess, I mostly lurk. I love your writing, your style, your wit and your sentimentality that you allow to creep in too from time to time. Especially so in these pieces about your grandmother -and the rest of your family too. Beautiful post -wonderful, heartfelt series about your Grandmother. She should rest in peace with such words of tribute to her by you.
    Looking forward now, as usual, to your next piece.

  7. Princess Pointful says:

    What a touching story. I have so much admiration for those who do such good, kind things, yet haven’t the need to talk about them.

  8. flutter says:

    Oh this. This is a gorgeous piece of writing about a beautiful life.

  9. Glamourpuss says:

    Damn you woman, you made me cry again.


  10. pistols at dawn says:

    There’s a Vonnegut line (I believe in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, where the Rhode Island Rosewater doesn’t know he’s related to the Indiana Rosewaters) that goes something like, “Like most Americans, he knew nothing about who his grandparents were.”

    It sounds fortunate that you are not like most Americans in this respect.

  11. jess says:

    What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing it so beautifully.

    By the way, (because I know you’ve been wondering) A RIver Runs Through It, is possibly my favorite book of all time. I’ve always wanted to go to Montana.

  12. lime says:

    how wonderful that you had that time to learn your dad
    s history and gain a deeper understanding of grandma dorothy.

    there is something about grief that looses a formerly reticent tongue. i had a very similar experience with my grandfather in the days after my grandmother’s death.

    thank you so much for sharing. so glad you were given some joyous memories.

  13. That Chick Over There says:

    I have so many things I want to say about this, but all of them leave me feeling like I’m going to blubber. So I’ll just say I am continually amazed at your storytelling ability.

  14. citizen of the world says:

    Lovely. Just lovely.

  15. David says:

    What a wonderful tribute. How lucky we are to have you remember such detail and share so eloquently.
    Your writing “voice” is amazing.
    Thank you

  16. chelle says:

    What an amazing life history! I so love it when the women in history are the ones that make the difference! Egg money!

  17. Steve says:

    I just read the entire Above the Horizon saga in one sitting, and I’m breathless. It’s such an amazing departure – not just your normal brilliance, but poignant as well. I’m thinking about directing an HBO mini series starring Richard Thomas and Glen Close. Family is such a bitter sweet soup. I’m ready to face tomorrow now.

  18. Steve says:

    Or how ’bout Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. They work well together.

  19. Jocelyn says:

    Steve: I’m pretty sure Grandma boiled some bunnies in her day, so your casting would fit.

  20. Calamity Jane says:

    Lovely. My Dad and I never really communicated when I was younger but just lately I’m treated to glimpses of his history. I found out recently that he was a joyrider as a teenager – got arrested for pinching someone’s car!

  21. Claudia says:

    OK, how darn tall was Frances anyway…he looks very LONG in that photo!!

  22. Jazz says:

    I loved this story. And I think both your grandmother and father would have loved to read it too.

  23. Greta says:

    What a gift your blog must be to your family. 😉

  24. Mother Theresa says:

    That was…well, I don’t really know what to say. Beautiful, lovely, moving…none of those overused words really cut it for this series of posts. Looks like the memory you have now is the memory your grandma would have wanted you to have. BTW I had to click on the professional picture to be able to see it…that’s a great photo!

  25. liv says:

    all i can think is how gorgeous a baby great aunt ethel was.

  26. Say It says:

    this is just wonderful. *sniff* (wipes eye)

  27. Mother of Invention says:

    Freeze frame that image!

    Great way to remember her and neat memories of your dad too.

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