• Sierra Dougherty

A Letter for Grandma

I lost my grandmother, Kathryn Woods, this past Saturday. She had been sick for a long time. In and out of the hospital on multiple occasions which left some of us over the years...Skeptical. She went into the hospital with a nose bleed, uncomfortable and gross but not life threatening. So, I didn't call. The plan was that she would be out in a few days and placed in a nursing home, but then, things turned for the worse. When things got bad I traveled to the hospital right away. But, that doesn't change the fact that I missed my chance to hear her voice one last time because I thought she was going to go home. I hate that. So here is a letter for you grandma. I love you, I miss you, and I cant wait to see you again.

A Letter for Grandma

I wish our last conversation went differently, or that we had one at all. I never expected your body to fail. Your legacy and will even stronger still; I didn't call. Flowers and cards in my opinion are meaningless. You need voices and family.

You were supposed to leave the hospital. Just like every time before and when you got home I would call you; But I can't anymore. See, Grandma, you didn't leave the hospital, only I did. With every memory I have with you flashing before me as a kid.

I didn't call, but I was there. I held your hand and stroked your hair. More than anything I want you to know how much I care.

You looked at me exactly three times and I got to whisper 'I love you' one last time. Then, I left. There was nothing I could do. I had my phone, and I waited for news. The next news I got rocked hundreds of people. You were gone. You fought hard, but you knew. I believe you knew. I believe everyone knows when it's going to happen either consciously or not.

I know you knew because you didn't pass until ALL of your children and your mom had seen you. Kristen and Bobby, Debbie and Dave. You couldn't go home so home came to you. Everyone sitting around you chatting like we do in your living room.

I didn't call, but I was there, and I want you to know how much I care.

We will see each other again-

Until then,

I love you grandma


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