In Loving Memory of my Grandma
My beautiful Grandma, Ethel Mary Barrett, died this morning at the age of 76.
She was a truly wonderful person, one of those people so filled with love and good spirit that it overflowed to everyone around her. I don't think I have ever known a person as universally loved and respected as she was, and she leaves a beautiful memory in the lives of so many people across so many generations.
She was a wonderful cook, and she loved to sing, and she was a great hugger. Anyone entering her presence was drawn into a warm embrace and a big kiss placed on their cheek. When she came to visit me in Vietnam some years ago she continued that custom, much to the amusement of the non-hugging Vietnamese.
She taught me any number of silly songs from the late 1940s, she taught me to always smile, and to avoid feeling too sorry for myself. She loved me completely and unconditionally, as I did her.
God bless you, my darling Grandma. I know you have gone somewhere more wonderful than here, and will continue to be surrounded by people who love you.
I will miss you so very, very much, for the rest of my life.