1.19.2008

remembering bandy...

on friday, january 11th, my paternal grandmother-- dollie jeanette abrigo-- passed away rather unexpectedly. she was 74.

bandy (my nickname for her since i was able to speak) valiantly struggled through many health issues in the last several years of her life. and though these illnesses robbed her of her mobility, they never robbed her of her sense of humor (she laughed at my lame jokes until the very end), her vanity (she had her hair done at the assisted living facility every week), or her faith (she and jesus were absolutely on a first name basis as she invoked his name every time she moved). she was an awesome grandmother and i looked forward to spending every one of the summers of my childhood with her in south georgia. like many people in my family, she pushed me to be better than i thought i could be, reveling in my successes and not dwelling on my failures. her death reminded me of how fleeting life is, how you don't get to choose when you leave and how important it is to not regret.

this year long adventure is dedicated in her memory.
i will miss sharing my stories with her.

proverbs 3:23-26:

then shalt thou walk in the way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. when thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. for the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

4 comments:

Kendra said...

This is a really lovely tribute, and I must say you were quite an adorable little girl, Collins.

cdm said...

I too shall miss Dollie - she loved you very much.

lisa said...

Beautiful. I am sure your Bandy is happy with the thought that now she can look down on you every single day and smile at what she sees.

Donnie said...

I just shed my first tear over the passing of this great lady. I forget sometimes that she was also a grandmother...