It has been a year since my grandmother has passed. I didn’t remember this morning, until my mom called me, but thank goodness I was super busy and did not have time to think about it. When I was driving home, I started reliving last summer, and it felt like no time had passed at all. I then cried the entire drive home(I hate that I am the emotional Vance….I am just going to blame it on being the middle child, right Aunt Pam?) I am not sure why this death hit me the hardest, maybe because it was the first one with me being 2 states away, or maybe it’s because it was the first unexpected death I had ever dealt with (she had gone hiking 2 months earlier…not in good health but could keep up with my dad, and had elective heart surgery where it all went downhill).
Growing up I had 2 sets of grandparents and 2 great grandmothers. I was lucky to have them involved in my life and all of our various activities. When my grandfather passed 5 years ago, I knew I instantly took it for granted. I am so blessed to have a huge extended family, and am sure it shaped me to be the person I am today.
Looking over the past year, she missed many happy moments in our family. I know she was along for the ride, but we still missed her presence. I mean I am pretty sure I had an hour long convo with her starting at mile 18 of my marathon!
And when I became Catholic. She was catholic, and it was always a fun debate between my dad and her. Well, Grandma I took your side:)
And she was there when we had the reveal that there was going to be another Girl in the Vance Family:)
And she has been there from the beginning when my cousin, Chelsea, fell in love with her now FIANCE!!!!!
Wherever you are, I hope you are watching over all of us, and pray for us while we spend a week in a cabin together next week:) AND of course, you better be owning the dance floor!