Monday, August 15, 2011

Grace Under Pressure

I spent this last weekend in the beautiful state of Nebraska, officially saying 'Au Revoir' to my beloved Grandma. The weekend was quick but absolutely plentiful. Family from all over migrated in the name of duty and desire to celebrate the life of a spectacular woman. The day was a frippin' blast and I felt so incredibly fortunate to be with my extended family. I was laughing all night and my itinerary included playing cards with my Great Uncle, wheelchair races with my young cousin and everything else inbetween. Family is the tie that binds.
{Ever had an Irish Wake? It's how we do. Love these people.}

I spoke at my Grandma Fran's funeral as well. After writing a mini-speech to eulogize her, I ascended upon the Altar to deliver the words as best I could. I touched on her style I loved, her character, her passion for her family and I ended by stating that I will always attempt to emulate her poise.

Upon leaving the podium (and like clockwork), I brushed past the main, huge, gigantic floral arrangement with my hip, sending it tumbling on its head (aka the flowers). I couldn't believe what I was seeing as I felt water pouring on my shoes and looked down to see broken flowers and water all over the chapel floor. The guests first gasped, then giggled as my Sister and I fervently tried to save as many stems as we could. In the end, my Grandma reminded me of another quality she found important that I neglected to mention: Be Humble.

Hope you got a good chuckle Grandma.

16 comments:

this free bird said...

This is basically brilliant. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandma, but I bet she had a bird's eye view of that and got a good chuckle! xoxo-C

Katie said...

I'm sure your grandma was watching :)

Megan said...

it sucks your grandma is no longer here, but it was definitely nice to be with family you probably havent seen in a while. and im laughing so hard at your "i miss my blog" caption LOL

| C AND C | Sarmin said...

Caitlin, I am so sorry about your grandma. I am sure she's your angel now.

xo SARMIN

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Caitlin, this post is so beautifully written!! Made me wish I was there to witness your speech too, and not because of the flower incident :)

Tina said...

lol wow that's pretty amazing. you gave this beautiful eulogy and than BAM! totally ruined lol. but what a great lesson you were taught. be humble. love it! ;) and im glad it was such a wonderful weekend to be spent with family.

Ashleigh said...

Aww Caitlin I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandma. That picture is fabulous, family is truly the tie that binds! I'm sure she had a giggle from up above :)

Gracey said...

I'm sorry about your grandma! I'm sure your speech was beautiful, and like everyone else said, your grandma probably got a giggle out of the flower incident!

Tangled In Texas said...

Oh how sweet! I'm sure she got a chuckle. ;)

Savvy Gal said...

Sorry for your loss.

Vanessa said...

So sorry for the loss of your grandma. I am sure she enjoyed the chuckle form above! <3

The Hill House said...

Not to LOL, but the flower thing made me LOL. :) Since I'm sure your Grandma had a hand in it, she obviously was an even greater woman and had a better sense of humor than you've already described. :) Glad you enjoyed your time with your family, even if the circumstances behind the visit were less than ideal.

rinniez said...

Well done just getting through the speech! My Great Uncle died at the start of the year and as he was the closest thing i ever knew to a grandpa i was asked to speak at the funeral, but when it came time i just couldn't get the words out.
Spending time with your family sounds lovely!
:)
xx

PorkStar said...

Awwww nice post and i think im personally aware of you being such a humble human being.

Bonnie said...

I am so sorry for your loss, but I have to say that your story is hilarious. That is like my worst nightmare -- to do something horribly embarrassing in front of everyone at a funeral/memorial service. Oh, well. At least you made people laugh!!!

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inHERshoes said...

oh my goodness! bumping the flowers were hilarious, but like you said, your grams probably had a good chuckle. humility is a good lesson to learn, glad your grams valued it and passed it along to you guys.