Mr. Manic's grandma died over the weekend. I originally wrote, "passed away" then changed it because I just don't like that phrase. It's DIED. A person dies.
She was 88 and in a nursing home, and had lived a full life so we are thankful for that. Tukey is having a hard time dealing with it. He had cried when he heard the news that his G'pa's mom died.
He said to me, "I didn't know it feels this way when someone in your family dies." That killed me to the core, for a little boy who is 7 to explain himself that way, and for me to know exactly how he is feeling. Like he wasn't expecting the hurt over death.
Diva is searching for stuff so she can place it in the 'coffin' -- I keep telling her it's a casket. Either word sucks. She wants to find something special and meaningful to leave behind for great grandma Manic. Great Grandma had given Diva a locket with a photo of Great Grandma and Great Grandpa about a year ago, and Diva will cherish this gift.
This will be the kids' first funeral, and we will be traveling to Minnesota for it.
Mr. Manic is currently in Vegas because he has secured a consulting gig, so that is good news--he will keep his severance and work this consulting job which is a huge opportunity he is very excited about. But since he was gone last night, I had two little buggaboos sleeping with me - Diva just wasn't settling because her mind was all over the place about death and such, and Tukey came in during the middle of the night.
I remember when I was in fifth grade crying my eyes out for a very long period of time, it had to be months, because I was so consumed with the fear that my parents were going to die. It's a scary concept to young kids. This will be a big deal for them. It will be their first body viewed too.
So, we will be with family for the week, which will be good, and we will be celebrating and remembering a very sweet, kind woman, and the life she lived.
On a not-so-sad note: Check back here on Thursday, because I've scheduled a post about Jen Lancaster's new memoir, and details on how you can win an autographed copy of Pretty in Plaid!