Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday Word—Gramma


I’d like to pay tribute to my Gramma as today would have been her 100th birthday if she was still with us. Don’t ax me how TW is older than Gramma but I guess it happens. MOL! Sadly, Gramma left us early in 2000, during an ice storm.

Gramma grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and East New York in Brooklyn, two of NYC’s toughest and poorest neighborhoods, to Italian immigrant parents. Her father committed suicide when she was quite young and the family struggled to make ends meet.

While she never had a woofie or cat as a pet, her parents at one point brought home a rabbit. Gramma and her five brothers and sisters loved the rabbit and subsequently refused to eat the rabbit stew that was set on the dinner table.

Gramma with Faith.
You’d never know Gramma never had a pet cos she loved Faith so much when Faith came into her life and home. TW's family knew nothing at that time about caring for a kitten but adopted Faith when she was barely weaned from a neighbor. They listened to all their friends about kitten care which led to the amputation of Faith’s paws and claws. Gramma was livid when Faith got home from the vet jail, vowing to never have another cat declawed.

I’m gonna skip over Chizzy cos he was a lot like me. Gramma had to carry around a roll of wrapping paper to pry him off her legs as he’d attack for no reason.

After Chizzy’s long sickness, Gramma said "no more cats" but the peeps had other ideas. They knew she needed companionship and she’d never turn a cat away so they brought home Autumn from the shelter. Gramma was in her 70s and still in good health but CAP refused to adopt Autumn out to a senior until they met Gramma.

Gramma with Autumn.
Autumn and Gramma became inseparable. They both truly loved each other till death do them part. About seven years after adopting Autumn, Gramma became ill with the evil C. Autumn never left her side. Those last days, Autumn slept on the pillow near Gramma’s head. One night TW assured Gramma that she could let go cos they were going to take Autumn and give her a good home and lots of love. Shortly after TW left for the night, she received a call from Gramma’s nurse. She was finally at peace, knowing that Autumn would be taken care of. As for Autumn, the nurse says she cried out loudly twice when Gramma passed. She was still laying on the pillow by Gramma’s head when they came for the body. Pop had to gently lift her up.

We all miss you, Gramma but we’re glad you’re together with Gramps, Faith and Autumn. Happy 100th birthday.

Let me apologize for the quality of the photos. Our scanner isn’t the best and neither are the original photos. Their family never took a lot of photos and these are the only ones we have of Gramma with her cats, hence the Easter napkin and Christmas decorations.

36 comments:

Angel Prancer Pie said...

What a moving post. Autumn sounds like an amazing kitteh!

Happy Birthday to your Gramma in heaven.

XOXO

Melissa and Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

What a beautiful tribute. And what a special bond your Gramma had with her cats. I'm sure they are all spending eternity together now. {{{Hugs}}}

Lone Star Cats said...

What a nice tribute to your grandma.

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

I loved hearing about your Gramma - and the kitties she loved.

Molly The Wally said...

A lovely tribute to a wonderful lady. The bond sometimes can never be broken and we know they are all together now forever young and in peace. Bless them.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

What a touching tribute to your grandma. It sounds like she and Autumn, especially, had a very special bond.

MyDog Likes said...

What a nice post! You had a great Gram!! Thanks for sharing on this WW!

Fuzzy Tales said...

Such a lovely post for your Gramma. Her bond with Autumn was wonderful. Hugs and purrs.

Judi said...

Such a happy/sad story. Truly touching. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

What a sweet lovely tribute. Sending you Lots of Golden LOVE <3. Golden Woofs

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

I agree, beautiful tribute to grandma. Such a wonderful bond.
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

Tamago said...

What a beautiful tribute for your grandma. Autumn and she had such a strong bond xoxo

Katie and Glogirly said...

Oh, CK... this was a beautiful tribute. Glogirly's got some very leaky eyes right now. What a wonderful bond Autumn and Gramma shared. We can tell Gramma was a very special lady.

(((purrs)))

The Swiss Cats said...

That's a very touching tribute to your Gramma and her cats. Purrs

Mariodacat said...

What a beautiful Gramma you had sweetie. She was gorgeous.

Ann Staub said...

Well, Happy Birthday to your Gramma over at the Rainbow Bridge CK. She does look like she loved those kitties very much. I think the photos look great by the way.

Marilia Bavaresco said...

So sensitive tribute!

Patty Woodland said...

That was a very nice tribute to your Gramma CK

Anonymous said...

Oh CK....what a beautiful post....I know your Gramma loved it too as she read it in Heaven on her 100th birthday.

Hugs to you and TW........

Love, Sammy

da tabbies o trout towne said...

happee day two yur gram maw CK...they iz troo lee like.. de BEST

♥♥♥♥♥

Flynn said...

This is a beautiful tribute to your Gramma. She had a very special bond with Autumn.

BoSoxAmy said...

Your Gramma sounds like a very nice lady.

The Island Cats said...

We woulda liked your Gramma, CK. Purrs to you and TW as you remember such a special lady on this birthday.

Karen Hill said...

What a sweet sweet tribute. Love it!

Austin Towers said...

That was a wonderful tribute to Gramma and her love for her pets. We loved the pictures too and we do have leaky eyes. We're a bit soft!!!

Caren Gittleman said...

This was an incredible and most beautiful post. You look like your Gramma. She was beautiful. The last photo of her with that gorgeous kitty brought tears to my eyes. Happy Birthday to your Gramma xoxo

Brian said...

That was such a touching tribute to your dear Gramma and we send her Happy Birthday wishes at the Bridge. Hugs from all of us.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tribute CK! Your grandma seems like she was a really pawsome woman. I'm glad that she was able to find a great kitty companion. Thank you for sharing about her life :)

Prudence said...

We love your tribute to your Gramma CK. Loved the photos also. Autumn looks like a wonderful kitty, very comforting. Sending {{hugs}} for TW & Pops. Blowing kisses to you.

meowmeowmans said...

Such an awesome tribute to your grandma, who was quite clearly an amazing woman. Happy birthday to your Grandma, CK!

Eileen said...

What a lovely tribute for your gramma! We is sure she, Faith, Autumn, and even Chizzy are watching over you.

Sasha. Sami, & Saku

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Aw, we think those are PURRfect pictures! What a heart-warming post--we love the story of your Gramma. The Human says when it's her time, she'd like a kitty on the pillow next to her to purr her over the Bridge. XOXOXO

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Anonymous said...

So sowwy yous lost yous gwammaw. Weez don't weally hav one eevew, but weez can tell yous weally luved and admiwed her.

Luv ya'

Dezi

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

What a lovely tribute to your Gramma <3

XOXO

www.shelter-cats.com said...

Happy Birthday, Gramma. I can tell that you were well loved and still missed.

Kitties Blue said...

Your Gramma sounds like a wonderful person who totally loved Faith and Autumn. Thank you so much for telling us about her and sharing the photos. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo