There were a million things I wanted to say to you, ‘goodbye’ was not one of them!
This is a very emotional post for me and is more like expressing my gratitude and respect for someone very close. I do not speak a lot in person but this blog lets me express my feelings. A few days ago, my grandmother-in-law passed away. She has been unwell for the last few years and her condition was not improving. We knew this day had to come but were not ready to accept really! The sad news arrived on the evening of the 8th of October and it was hard to digest this news for both me and my husband.
If she only knew how much those little moments with her mattered to me… As we live abroad, it is generally a once-a-year visit to India to meet the families from both sides. We were not able to see our grandmother (Ammaji) during her last moments, but we are glad that we were able to spend some quality time with her during our recent visit just a few weeks back..
On the sands of time, you have left your footprints with glory. Everyone will know your name and shall recall your story!
I know life goes on, and we need to move on but it is hard to accept the reality. And if it is hard for me, it’s harder for my husband and his family. My husband and I have been married for about 10 years and you can imagine my connection with his family. I can’t even imagine how my mother-in-law would be feeling as she has devoted so many years of her life taking care of grandmother. My Father-in-law has been so caring and devoting towards his parents. The loss of a mother for a son is unimaginable.
‘The death of any loved parent is an incalculable lasting blow. Because no one ever loves you again like that.’ – Brenda Ueland
Our Grandfather (Baba) is a very strong man but this pain and grief are hard to understand. Both Ammaji and Baba have been a pillar of support and love for each other for many decades. My husband, as well as Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law, have spent their lives in Ammaji’s lap. Emotions are high in a close-knitted family like ours. We miss her so much and the void that has been created in our lives can never be filled!
Her goodness, her caring, and her wisdom will live-on like a legacy of love that will always be with us.
This post is for expressing my love and gratitude towards my Grandmother-in-Law. Not just us but our child is very lucky to have spent time with his Great-Grandmother and have her blessings.
Until next time, Akanksha