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The life and times of Cassie…

February 21, 2010

This post is bittersweet…sadly on Friday I found out my grandma Cassie had passed away. It was her time, and there is no sadness in that, but it’s still sad to think I won’t pop in for a bit of family catch up, neopolitan ice cream (“could you eat some ice cream honey?”, ” Yes, yes I could”) or to prevent her from cleaning (her place was never anything but clinically clean).

From singing “three little fishies and a mama fishy too” …to watching her stories ( soaps) …to putting fake flowers in the flowerbed because the rabbits had eaten all her real flowers she was a real character. Sometimes it’s hard to remember she had a full life before i even came on the scene! For years my grandma made promises of showing me her love letters from the war, old photographs or other reminders of when she owned her own beauty salon.  Sadly, she never got round to rooting through the seemingly endless archives in the house that had been her home for fifty years. My family are busy making arrangements and already have hit the top layer of goodies that make me smile and happy that she had a good life. These fabulous photos serve not only as nostalgia to a beautiful woman but also to a fashion icon I didn’t even know I had! It’s become obvious where my love of  of saddle shoes, stripeys, peter pan collars and sailor items (actually that thanks goes to grandpa) comes from! I can only hope that in sixty years someone will be able to say the same things about me…perhaps minus the fake flowers…

9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2010 12:45 am

    How lovely to have these memories to share…they become more vivid as the years pass.

    So sorry for your loss…

  2. February 22, 2010 12:59 am

    So sorry for your loss.

    And so happy you have such beautiful, inspirational memories and images to sustain you through this difficult time.

    Sending well wishes your way.

  3. February 22, 2010 2:42 am

    My sincerest condolences, Brittany… what a beautiful tribute.

  4. February 22, 2010 10:16 am

    She was so beautiful! What lovely lovely photographs.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. This post is such a lovely tribute xx

  5. February 22, 2010 10:36 pm

    What a cool grandma! And so beautiful. I love the story with the plastic flowers. It’s amazing how long it can take us to realise how much we have in common with our grandparents. Looking through old pics can really bring home how similar we are, the choices we make, the clothes we wear, the way we smile. They’re special people are grandmas, my g’ma is going in for open heart surgery soon, and we’re all a little nervous.

    Thinking of you. x

  6. Richard S. Wattai permalink
    February 23, 2010 6:54 am

    What a tribute, Toots would blush being acclaimed internationally! Wish you were here…but we’ll do our best to send her off proper. The stories will flow as well as the tears. But they will be tears of joy as she is where she wants to be.

    Thanks Honey…

  7. Pillar Box Post permalink*
    February 24, 2010 12:16 am

    Thank you very much to all of you who left such lovely messages…I really appreciate it (as does my family!)
    B xx

  8. Mumsy permalink
    February 24, 2010 8:27 pm

    As your Dad says Brit, that is a truly lovely tribute to your Grandma. After a long and fulfilled life, it is the natural order of things, so grieve gently and hold your memories close.

  9. Vince & Peggy & family permalink
    February 25, 2010 4:01 pm

    After the services yesterday, we had a really nice time at Grandma’s house w/the family sitting, talking, laughing while reminising. We even turned on the old stero in the living room and played an old Dean Martin record! Your Dad and Uncles have some interesting times ahead taking care of the house; don’t know what ‘treasures’ they’ll find!
    Enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks for the beautiful insite to your Grandma.
    Love –
    V. Wattai Family

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