11.13.2008

for grammy with love

I bought this blanket for my Grammy years ago. When i lived in New York. I spent a lot of money on it. Because I fell in love with it, and it was the most special thing I had ever seen. And she loves blankets, so I knew I had to get it for her. One day I went over to her house to see her, and she wasn't there. I peeked in the window, and all of the sudden it hit me. The blanket didn't match anything in her house! Her house was always blues and reds, which I love. But the blanket was proudly displayed on her couch, even though it completely clashed! She is so, so sweet. I felt so embarrassed at that moment because when I bought it for her I hadn't even considered whether it would match her things or not. Now she is living in the hospital wing of a nursing home without most of her belongings, and I found this blanket at my mom's house the other day. I sadly took it home with me. It still smells like Grammy, which makes me smile.

13 comments:

Casey said...

very sweet. my grandmother (gan gan) has this perfume she always wears. whenever i get a package from her, it smells like her. and when you leave her house, you smell like her. and sometimes, people pass me by, and have the same perfume, and i look around for my grandma!

Miss Kate said...

My grandmother knitted me an afghan a few years ago in my favorite color, teal. No matter how many times I wash that thing, it still smells like my grandparent's house -- a kind of apple cider, cedar wood smell. It's lovely.

kendra said...

I'm sorry to hear that your grammy is in a nursing home. We just put my grama into an assisted living home two months ago and had to clean out her home. I found so many things that I've made for her over the years which are completely silly that she displayed in her house. Gramas are the best.

Jennifer said...

Jenny,
that is a very lovely story... My great aunt, to whom I was very close, had to go to into a nursing home due to Parkinson's disease. Maybe your grandmother would like to have the blanket at the home? I'm sure she loved it because it was a gift from you.
My great aunt's name was Ermie. I actually recently started a blog named after her in her honor :

http://ermieblog.blogspot.com/

thanks for sharing such a personal story!
xo

Melissa Dawn said...

What a sweet story. This is a beautiful blanket.

Sarah-Lou said...

So sweet - these blanket seems to be so warm. It must have been a precious present to your grammy...

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your blog everyday for many reasons. I'm always moved when you write about your Grammy. I so miss my grandmother. I loved how my grandmother would put pictures of the grandkids on the refrigerator as well as pics of the "grand-pets". Thanks for sharing.

euni said...

i was thinking a lot about my grandmother today, as well. the rainy new york weather reminded me of her. give your grammy a big hug. :) i wish i could give mine a hug. :(

Anonymous said...

dearest jenny

your grandmother honored you by proudly displaying the blanket on her sofa. i am sure she didn't think about the colors, only the thought of you choosing it for her. what a special grand-daughter you are for being so thoughtful and excited about making her so happy by buying and giving it to her.

my grandmother is 93 and living in an assisted living house in boston mass. i am living with my husband and young son in san francisco. we will be visiting her the first week of december...she says that our visit is giving her something to look forward to. which fills my heart with love and pride.

your friend in sf
ariana

sherri s. said...

Sweet...my grandma Betty passed away about 5 years ago, but she always smelled of a particular perfume (sometimes White Shoulders, sometimes Emeraude) and Dentyne gum. I have a few of her old handbags and they still smell like her inside, so I keep them closed. And I have blankets that she crocheted for me; even though they are looking a bit tatty, I'll never part with them.

potty mouth mama said...

Awwww grandmother's (Mars) are extra special. Mine is in a nursing home too, with just a few of her things, sad.

My Mum recently gave me some of the things I had given Mars as gifts. It's nice to have those things around - they make me think of her, and our collective memories even more.

Lucys Place said...

It would have stood out like a ray of light, just how she no doubt thinks of you.

etoilee8 said...

You're going to make me cry :)