We learnt our life lessons from you
Whenever we walked into her home, we would find my grandmother sitting in her special chair, reading a book or listening to the radio. She would look up and give us a warm welcoming smile. And after our visit, she would stand at the door and wave goodbye to us.
As a child I learnt so much sitting beside her. Our conversation ranged from arithmetic to literature to Buddhism. It was the same for all three of her grandchildren. I can confidently say we never had a more patient, understanding and loving teacher. Some of the most important lessons of my life I learnt at her side. These are among the memories I will hold closest to my heart.
I loved talking about the books we had both read. As a child in my early teens, I would marvel that a lady in her late seventies would enjoy the books that I loved. I think my grandmother appreciated the innocence and beauty she found in those children’s books and the messages they carried. That revealed to me a beautiful aspect of her nature.
She was a wonderful person and an outstanding grandmother. With her gracious permission, we would spend hours going through her colourful collection of necklaces and sarees. Her purse and toffee bottle were also open to our inspection – and more often than not the eager beavers would leave both purse and bottle a little lighter!
On hearing of my grandmother’s passing away I did not cry immediately, because I could not believe she was no more. She was always there for us, and she was always so full of life. I never stopped to imagine life without her. The pain hits you suddenly, and then the tears fall. Only then does the realisation hit you that you will never again see her smiling face.
The one thing that will remain unchanged is the beautiful memory we hold of you as a grandmother. We are sure you are in a beautiful place.