Friday, December 11, 2009

Grandma's Hands

My Grandma Eva died this week. She was 92. I loved her so much. I will miss her. This week brought back a flood of memories about my Grandma. Maple Bars. The Candy Drawer. Her special smell. Clean Windows. Dentures. Noisy Hearing Aids. Peanut Brittle. Clam Dip. Her hugs and kisses. Her encouragement. How she worried about everything. After lunch, no swimming for one hour. Cases of toilet paper. Enough food in her basement to feed everyone in the United States. Her rule that Santa never came on Christmas Eve until the dinner dishes were cleared, cleaned and put away. Our special bond. How much she missed my Grandpa Ray after he died.

The last time I saw her I will always remember what she said to me as she held my face in her hands, "Mike, don't worry. I'll see you again."

"If I get to Heaven I'll look for
Grandma's hands"

I hope you'll enjoy the YouTube video below featuring the great singer Bill Withers. You can follow along with the lyrics below.

Grandma's hands
Clapped in church on Sunday morning
Grandma's hands
Played a tambourine so well
Grandma's hands
Used to issue out a warning
She'd say, "Billy don't you run so fast
Might fall on a piece of glass
"Might be snakes there in that grass"
Grandma's hands

Grandma's hands
Soothed a local unwed mother
Grandma's hands
Used to ache sometimes and swell
Grandma's hands
Used to lift her face and tell her,
"Baby, Grandma understands
That you really love that man
Put yourself in Jesus hands"
Grandma's hands

Grandma's hands
Used to hand me piece of candy
Grandma's hands
Picked me up each time I fell

Grandma's hands
Boy, they really came in handy
She'd say, "Matty don' you whip that boy
What you want to spank him for?
He didn't drop no apple core"
But I don't have Grandma anymore

If I get to Heaven I'll look for
Grandma's hands


  1. I'm sorry for your loss, Mike.

    But I'm truly glad that you had a Grandma who left you with wonderful memories!

  2. Mike,

    Sounds like a great woman...sorry for your loss.

  3. Mike, I'm so glad you got to visit Grandma Eva recently. I forget names on Earth and look forward to not having that problem in Heaven, so that I'll know her right away from the photo you posted.

    I'm sorry for your loss, and rejoice that it won't be for very long. : )

    Still praying for you, my friend. I love you!

  4. I'm so sorry Mike. I rejoice with you that you'll see her again. Big hugs friend...

  5. You've got me crying again, Mike. I didn't see this post when you wrote it last year. I miss her like crazy, especially these past few weeks. I reached in my mailbox just the other day and saw a small envelope (resembled the same sized letters she used to send me) and my heart leaped as I thought, "Oh how wonderful, a letter from Grandma!". Of course, my heart sank just as quickly when I realized it couldn't be true. Some days I have to remind myself she is gone. I'm so grateful for all of the funny and sweet memories all of us grandkids have of her. She was such an endearing lady, and I'm sure she is keeping everyone entertained up there in Heaven. I can't wait 'till the day WE see her again!

    Thank you for sharing this, Mike. Love you,