Why Lemony?
(the “About Me” page)

May 27, 2004

In remembrance

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Well, I've had another trying week, but trying me in a very gentle way, really. My grandmother died on Sunday. Millie Moutrie, 92 years old and ready to go home to her father (who she says was calling her, 'Millie, it's time to come home!'). I remember her best from childhood. She had the perfect grandma house full of little closets and cozy nooks full of weird old toys that I loved, like a knitting mushroom and board games from the fifties. She always got us Lucky Charms when we visited (we were never allowed to eat that at home). Sometimes we got so enthusiatic about eating it (it does turn your milk brownish-green after all) that we'd finish a box and she would cheerfully go down to the corner store and get another one. She made us doll clothes. She was always asking if you wanted her to fix you a sandwich or if you needed anything, and always sweet and loving us up. I didn't manage to say good-bye to her before she died. In fact, I hadn't seen her in many years so I was really sad at the funeral. But I said good-bye to her there, and now I can be with her much more often and she can meet my kids and know them much more deeply than she could have in this life. It was great to see my hilarious and very kind aunts from that side of my family too, Bette, Mary Lou and Jean. They were cracking everyone up at lunch after the funeral, telling funny stories about Grandma and themselves.

I plan to love up my grandmothers that are still on this earth too, and try to make them laugh.

Posted by Bahiyyih at May 27, 2004 09:26 PM

Bahiyyih, what a beautiful page! Grandma Moutrie would love it. I'm pleased to say that the flowers from us finally arrived in Green Bay, and slowly made their way to Howard where people could enjoy them. Amethel e-mailed and asked if there was a charity that Millie suported to whicht she could send an in memoriam contribution. Bette was moved when I called to ask. Me too. What a sweet thing to do. The contribution is going to cancer research.

I'm so glad you reconnected with your aunts. I'll keep them forever---a fine bunch of human beings.



Posted by: Nana at May 28, 2004 12:21 PM

That is such a great tribute. Thanks Hiya.

Posted by: Layli Elena at June 1, 2004 10:06 PM