By Jordan Coburn
At the end of last year, I lost both of my grandmas; Grandma Esther
and Grandma Eula. My grandmas were a big part of my life. I spent
a lot of time with both
of them. Those were good times.
My Grandma Esther lived up north, near Napa. She loved to play
cards and bingo, and always put puzzles together. Grandma
Esther used to buy puzzles
me, but soon I worked on her puzzles with her. She was always so nice,
funny, and polite. We always went to Denny’s for breakfast because Grandma loved
Denny’s. Grandma had big hair. She got her hair done at the beauty shop
every Friday so she would look good. This always made her look happy.
Grandma Esther had emphysema for a long time because she smoked
all her life. Then she got lung cancer. It was hard to
watch her try to breathe.
to be on oxygen all the time, even when she was asleep. We had to take
tank with us to Denny’s. I was with her the day she died. The whole family
was there. My sister, Khristian, and brother, Josh, played guitar and sang
songs for her. My mom said it was a good way to die, with love all around.
My Grandma Eula lived with us. She loved to talk about the olden
days. She also liked to make graphic art for the family.
I liked to cook for
when I served her meals to her. She appreciated everything and was
always grateful for everything. She even appreciated my
brother, Josh’s drumming! Grandma
would take me to karate class when my mom couldn’t. Sometimes we’d
go to Kmart together and she would buy Yu-Gi-Oh cards and Lego’s for
me. She loved to spoil me. I can still hear her laughing. She had a beautiful
and snow white hair.
Grandma Eula died of a heart attack. We didn’t know she was sick, so we
were really surprised. The ambulance came to our house at 4:30 in the morning
when I was asleep, and took her to the hospital. She died that night at 8:20.
It was so fast. I didn’t get to tell her goodbye or that I loved her. She
was in a coma when she died. I don’t think she knew she died. I wonder
if she knows it now?
I miss my grandmas. I miss their stories, their smiles, and their
hugs. I don’t
get to see them anymore, or laugh with them, or tell them jokes. I didn’t
realize how lucky I was to have such wonderful grandmas, and now they’re
gone and I am sad.
Jordan Coburn, 2004, used with permission
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