A Different Kind Of Missing Someone.

by Lori Dwyer on May 6, 2013 · 3 comments

I miss my gran.

It comes in slapping gulps, every now and then, flashes of cold water reality shocking my psyche. It’s a different kind of missing someone, a different kind of mourning. My life has continued relatively normally since she’s been gone– there has been no huge adjustment to make, I haven’t had to reassess my entire existence the way I did after Tony died.

It’s just that my Gran has been so firmly woven into my life, ever since I was a child… sometimes my mind bumps over the expectance of her being here. I’ll drive past her street, or think of her in present tense.

I’m exquisitely aware of the absence of her. Of how she’s always been here…and now she’s not. It takes me by surprise. And every time, I cover it up, shovel life over the top of it until it doesn’t hurt so much any more.

I can’t grieve anymore. I’ve only just made my way out of the blackness of that pain, of missing my husband. I’m reluctant to begin mourning all over again. It doesn’t feel right, missing someone piecemeal and in parts, rather than as an all encompassing presence.

But at the same time, this feels like grief untainted and pure. Missing someone without being angry at them for leaving, without feeling a though the Universe got it wrong.

The memory of my grandmother is rich and worn, comforting and familiar; the softly worn paper of a book I’ve read a thousand times. I remember fretting badly, the night of Tony’s funeral, worrying that I would lose the sound of his voice. That it would fade out of existence and I’d no longer remember what it sounded like when he said my name.

I’ve not encountered that thought yet about my grandmother. Her voice comes into my head unbidden, so distinct it may as well be her there speaking in front of me. The crinkle of her eyes, the sound of her laugh. Her warm, comforting practicality.

I hold the memory of her as a omen, a token, a warm blanket to wrap myself in. Proof that there’s goodness in the world. Proof that lives well-lived are entirely possible.

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Miss Pink May 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I can still to this day recall exactly in my head the sound of my grandmothers voice, laced thick with a heavy accent, as she said my name. She always pronounced it in her way, a way that no one else ever has.
I think that is one of the things I miss the most about her. The small quirks that you take for granted until they are lost.
I think having someone who has always been in your life since before you can remember is such a crazy thing. Their personality is as accepted as the need to breathe is, yet those traits on someone else could be the ending of a relationship. It’s quite strange.

I hope you never lose your memories of her. That they stay strong and warm and bring you comfort when you need it.


Anonymous May 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I miss my Gran too & she’s not been physically here since I was 14 (30 years ago). I can still hear her voice too & I reckon she watches out for me. Jen xxxx


A Daft Scots Lass May 6, 2013 at 7:08 pm

what an awesome tribute to your Gran.


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