Put on your Snazzy Hat

Tito & YayaIt’s been a bit since the last post.

I’ve been working 50-60 hour weeks what with 2 jobs and trying to keep up with college credits. Burn out was inevitable!

And then, this past week my grandmother passed away. It felt…odd. So lonely, yet unreal. I still cannot fathom the implications of never seeing her again within this lifetime. I shan’t bore you with sentimental descriptions of her beauty or stories of her one true love.

Instead, I want to tell you how she lived a remarkably long life (90 years), and overcame a frightful youth. In her early 20’s she ran away from her family and moved to a new city to start a new life. She was brave. Stubborn. Opinionated.

On the day of her funeral, my grandfather wrote her a letter. I have taken the liberty to quote from it…

 

“…Sweetheart, hon, toots,

I loved,

You loved,

We loved,

And we will always love each other…”

But there is one thing I will always remember of grandma. She was not afraid of bold colors or patterns. Heaven forbid old age stop her from wearing what she pleased!

As is usually the case, I have  turned to artistic expression for a small measure of comfort. Grandma was not one for hats per say, but color, yes. I know she would have enjoyed this showcase as much as I did.

For after all, one is never too old, too young, too tall, too small for a snazzy hat. Enjoy, loves.

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13 thoughts on “Put on your Snazzy Hat

  1. I love this tribute/post to your abuelita.
    *hug*
    Sounds like she was amazing and lived an awesome life.

  2. Oh I’m so sorry for your loss Alejandra, your grandma seemed to be one kind of a women, and it sounds as though she lived a long and happy fulfilled life. It’s a lovely post you have dedicated to her. 🙂 xxx

    • She was. So many stories to tell. Mostly funny ones where she got in trouble for her big mouth. lol But then, she was 4.11 ft. tall, and thus got away with it. 😉

      • It’s nice to hear stories about our grandparents and ancestors, it’s another generation with so many intresting things to learn from and funny stories to hear too! 🙂

  3. I teared up reading your grandfather’s letter.

    On another note, 50-60 hour weeks of work PLUS school? How, oh how, do you manage that? 14 hours of work plus school was hard enough for me.

    • How, oh how? By being irrationally stressed all the time and feeling guilty whenever I sit down to watch a bit of TV. lol But thankfully those days are finally over!! I got a better paying job ( full time, so no more crazy 2 part time jobs) and start on May 28th. 😀

  4. this was beautiful sis…

    thanks for the reminder of Grandma…I have a couple simmering projects that just got an energy reboot. Do you think she can see us from where she is?
    If so the plan is to make her proud…you’re already there i think 🙂

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