This weekend my grandmother passed away.I could write a post about how much I will miss her and how sad I am about losing her but I know that my Yiayia would have wanted me to remember her with a big smile on my face.
All I can really say is this: Although this weekend was very hard for my family, my Yiayia’s passing away has given me the ability to see the legacy that has left with us (her three daughters, 3 son-in-laws and 9 grandchildren). My grandmother gave all of us one enormous gift that I never realized until this weekend. She gave us the gift of being a truly CLOSE tight-knit family. I have realized this weekend that I take for granted how often I see my cousins,aunts and uncles. Heck, I see them almost as much as I see my immediate family. I guess it never really registered that some families never see their aunts, uncles, cousins or grandparents… I truly believe that since she has made our family into a truly united and close family we are able to better cope with her passing away.
I truly believe that today would have been much, much harder had she not made us into this unified loving family that we are. That is the legacy of my grandmother, her ability to create a bond between so many people, a bond that has stayed strong and never faltered. I hope I can carry on this legacy for my own family someday, just like she would have wanted.
Rest in peace Yiayia Sophia, You are the strongest women I have known and you will be missed greatly…