Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Nanny and Nana

My Nanny knitted. My Nana crocheted.

My Nanny bought her yarn from a charming shop in historic Orange, VA. My Nana bought her yarn from the Mary Maxim catalogue or from Walmart.

My Nanny made me fair-isle dresses with braided belts. My Nana made me ill-formed, rock-hard crochet animals.

My Nanny was from upstate New York, the Finger Lakes district, from a town of graceful clapboard homes where well-manicured gardens grew on wide, tree-lined streets. My Nana was from Brooklyn, then from a series of working-class towns in New Jersey. Later, she had a double-wide on the Florida panhandle, an hour from the nearest Walmart.

My Nanny's husband did not get along with my father, his son-in-law. My Nana did not get along with my mother, her daughter-in-law.

My Nanny watched baseball on cable. My Nana watched COPS.

For all the holidays, I would send my Nanny boxes of gourmet chocolates. I would send my Nana gift cards to Walmart so that she could buy groceries.

My Nanny never weighed over 100 lbs. in her life. When I was small, I would hug and hug and hug my Nana, trying to get my fingertips to meet.

My Nanny: April 29, 1916-June 1, 2004
My Nana: March 11, 1917-June 5, 2009

I loved them both.


Tempest ina Pot of Tea said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Losing my grandmothers was very hard, please let me know if there is anything I can do to comfort you.

wheelinsticks said...

I am sorry hear about the passing of your grandmas. They come in all sizes and shapes and we love them dearly.

Rachel said...


Bridgett said...

Ok, I don't know if you were going for that zinger at the end, but you got me.

Kara said...

That was a lovely tribute.

So sorry for your loss. *hugs*

passementarie said...

that was was lovely to hear about the ladies who helped shape your life. sorry for your loss.

Crafty and Crap said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, that was a great tribute you wrote.