Monday, December 21, 2009

Remembering: Grandma

I have a dandelion paperweight. It sits on my big black desk in my home office. It used to belong to my grandmother. It sat on her desk at work. I remember visiting her office when I was little and I would hold the paperweight and guess at how they got the dandelion inside. It was magic, I decided. She also had a purple magic wand that I would twirl. Maybe that's how they got the dandelion in the paperweight, with the purple magic wand. When my grandmother moved offices or changed practices (she was a marriage and family therapist), she always took her dandelion paperweight and put it on her new desk. I wonder if someone special gave it to her. Maybe she bought it for herself.

My Grandma and I, Christmastime circa 1988

When my grandmother died almost six years ago, her coworkers set up a room for people to visit and look at her things. They had a quilt they made for her when she was sick with messages of hope and encouragement. They displayed photos of her and played her favorite classical music. They had all the things she kept on her desk and told us, her family, to take what we wanted. I took the dandelion paperweight. It is probably the most personal item I have of hers. She looked at it everyday at work. She packed it and moved it many times over the years. It meant something to her, though I don't really know what. But I know what it means to me.


Lea said... [Reply to comment]

aww what a touching post. I found you via thelessthandomesticgoddess.

I was close to both my grandmothers also and losing them was hard. It's nice that you have such nice memories of your grandma and that you have something tangible to always remember her by.

PS. That is an awesome paperweight!

Brian said... [Reply to comment]

That's a beautiful story. There is a beautiful video by a national geographic photographer, named Dewitt Jones at this website:
There is a very moving story about dandelions and finding what's right with the world in the video. You can watch it for free if you register.

I hope you enjoy it!

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