we will feast

July 19, 2021

We celebrated tonight. We ate, we drank, we laughed … we were family. And at the center of it all was my grandma. A bit late to start, with the logistics of getting her from the facility here, I began to worry that it was going to be a failed party. She accepted a bite of chicken. A forkful of watermelon. A spoonful of rice. And then she asked if she could lie down. “Sure, GramBea..of course!” My stepdad helped her onto the guest bed there by the dining room table. She closed her eyes.

We continued our conversation, laughter and story-telling carrying us away; but I questioned it. I worried. Should we have brought her out like this? Was it too much? But then I happened to glance over at her in the midst of our laughter, and wondered at the smile clearly growing on her face.

A few minutes later, she interrupted Uncle G as he told a story. “Was that the place you…?”

And then I realized that, eyes still closed in pretend slumber, she was right with us. She was exactly where she wanted to be. And we were exactly who we needed to be. Family. Her family.

One Response to “we will feast”

  1. Judy Dutton said

    I love that picture of her taking it in with a smile. The alternative of not being there would have been hard. I admire your devotion to her.

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