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The Last Conversation

This last Saturday, I spoke to my grandmother for the last time. 
I did not know it was the last time of course. If I had known, I would have paid better attention to the sound of her voice so that I could always recall its exact pitch and tone. If I had known, I would have asked if we could chat just a second longer when she asked that I pass the phone to my sister. If I had known, I would have told her that I loved her a second and even a third time. If I had known, I would have asked her to tell me a story about my dad when he was younger. If I had known, I would have begged her to stay just a few months longer so she could have met the sweet, sweet life that is still growing inside of me. 
But I didn’t know. 
We never do. We never know which conversation will be our last. We never know which visit will mark the end. We never know which hug will never happen again. 
I am broken. Absolutely heartbroken. 
I know that nothing but time will help mend my broken heart. 
So until then, I’ll try to focus on good memories like her feisty attitude and snark and I’ll try to come to peace with the fact that the life inside of me will never meet its great-grandmother. I’ll try to ignore the loss I feel knowing that she was planning to make this baby a quilt… a quilt it will never be wrapped tight in.

I’ll try to not regret the time we didn’t get and instead treasure the time we did. I’ll try to remember that I did at least tell her that I loved her hours before she left this world… she departed knowing that she was loved by me… by her other grandchildren… by her son and daughter. And I suppose that’s really all we can really hope for in this life… to be loved and know it.

She was loved. Oh so, so, so loved. And she will be missed. Oh so, so, so missed. 

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  • Reply Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog

    Love you friend! Losing someone, especially a parent or grandparent, is such a big loss. I know it probably doesn't help, but you're SO lucky to have had this much time with her. I lost a few of my grandparents very young and I remember very little about them. They missed graduations, weddings, and a lot in general. It'll be so special that you can share your amazing memories of her with your little babe ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Brittany@TheLadyLawyer

    Thinking of you and yours. Hold on to those precious memories ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 4, 2015 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Margaret

    So sorry for your loss Kate. Sending lots of hugs your way.

    August 4, 2015 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Christine AKA Girl Versus Kitchen

    I am so sorry for the loss of your grandmother – and the loss of what could have been. But you will never lose the memories of her. Praying for you ..

    August 4, 2015 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply Amberly

    I'm so sorry for your loss, but glad that you got that last conversation with her!!! I always treasure that last time I spent with my grandpa before he passed a few days later.

    August 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply The Grits Blog

    I'm so so sorry girl. Sending you lots of positive vibes and prayers for peace for your heart.

    August 4, 2015 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply courtney jones

    I am so sorry for you loss but at least you got to have that last conversation that you can now treasure forever. She may not get to see your little babe but I know you will be telling them all about her. Sending you all the good vibes and prayers to help with fixing your heart xo

    August 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Sorry about your unexpected loss. So hard. But she's looking down from above and will be your babies guardian angel.

    August 4, 2015 at 6:44 pm
  • Reply Melzie at Ribbons and Rotor Blades

    Reading this brings so many emotions to me. I want to drive to your house and give you a hug. Sit on your porch and cry and talk. I lost my grandfather almost 2 years ago. And the pain of losing him is still so real and deep. Every night, I lay with Jaxon and pray as part of his night time routine. And every night, we talk about his Great-Grandpa in heaven. And every night I cry. He loves babies. And he loves us grandkids more than life itself. I know how much he would have loved my son. How much he does love him. But sadly that love cannot be physical love. Having children makes this loss much harder. And I'm sorry that you have to experience it. I'm thinking of you, praying for you, and sending you hugs during this time. At least baby "Florken" will now have the best guardian angel. That's what I tell my son ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 5, 2015 at 3:24 am
  • Reply Melanie McSwain

    Sorry for your loss but what a beautiful post. It is very obvious that you loved her a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 5, 2015 at 3:30 am
  • Reply The Life You Love

    I'm so sorry for your loss. You are such a beautiful person, and there is no doubt in my mind that she knows how much you love her.

    August 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Kay R.

    Sorry for your loss. You are right. we never know when is the last time.

    August 5, 2015 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Amber Thomas

    there's so many words i've said to you about this… so many. but mostly just know i ache beside you and with you. i ache for the way loss happens in a way that's surprising and scary and so very sad. i'm thankful to know you and for the grandma that made you who you are in so many ways. she's awesome. i know because you're awesome and it's got to be genetic.

    August 6, 2015 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Kim Matheson

    I'm so sorry for your loss, Lovely. So, so sorry. <3 Thinking about you and your family. I am thankful that you had her love and she had yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 10, 2015 at 4:49 am
  • Reply Katie @ A Beautiful Little

    Thinking of you and your family. No words can express what you are feeling.

    August 11, 2015 at 5:59 pm
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