Thank you to everyone for your thoughts, prayers and sweet comments regarding the death of my Grannie. It's certainly been a sad week for my family. She was a very special lady that was loved by many.
We held the visitation on Tuesday evening. I have to admit that I'm not very good with that kind of scene. It's not even so much the fact that it's a sad occasion. It's more that I don't really know what to say to people when they tell me they're sorry or ask how I'm doing. I also don't really tend to be the kind of person who gives out tons of hugs to people she hardly knows... so that makes the whole thing a little awkward for me. Nonetheless, it was nice to see some familiar faces and to know that a lot of people cared for Grannie.
We held the funeral on Wednesday morning followed by the burial next to my Pop Pop in the local cemetery. I know that we are meant to outlive our grandparents, but it still feels so odd to me that I've already lost a set. I guess I just don't feel old enough for such things.
My Grannie was actually my Pop Pop's second wife. They married in 1982 about a year and a half before I was born, so they're what I always knew as my grandparent's on my dad's side. She had lost her first husband to lung cancer and had a son and a daughter from that marriage. Neither of them live around here, and both of them have kids. When it's all said and done, Grannie had 8 kids (combining her's and the stepkids) and 13 grandkids (combining her's and the stepgrandkids). I have never really gotten to spend much time around my "cousins" from her side, so it was kind of nice to see them and catch up with them now that we're all adults.
On Wednesday evening, my "cousin" Chris was still going to be in town. I saved him from an evening in his hotel and took him to eat with my parents. Then, we headed downtown to the Big Bang... because you can't come to Nashville and visit me without me taking you there. We had a great time, and it was nice to get out and have a little fun instead of just sitting around sad. It was also fun to get to know him a bit better and share stories about our grandmother.
Due to all this activity, I've only managed to get a quick 4-miler in when it comes to exercise. I am definitely feeling underprepared for my 10-mile race coming up and for starting my marathon training, but I'm not worried. It will all work out just fine.
Thanks again for everything this week. Here's a picture from our night out. I stole Chris's hat!