As I reflect on memories with and of my grandma, one of my fondest is remembering her appreciation for stuffed animals. I know that seems odd, but whenever she picked on up she’d have a little conversation with it and appreciating how wonderful it was. My mom definitely picked this up from her, and as much as I resist it in myself, I do the same thing. Grandma had this funny little voice she used to talk to the stuffed animal and it always brought me joy.

She also loved CareBears and The Peanuts, so when I saw her for the last time at Christmas I gave her a Charlie Brown Christmas mug and a purple CareBear cousin. It’s a wonderful last memory to have.

She passed this morning at 2:30am ET. I was able to say goodbye over the phone earlier in the evening as my Aunt Valerie held the phone to Grandma’s ear.