My New Happy: Motivational Monday LV

Monday, July 11, 2016

Motivational Monday LV

My grandma Nelda passed away a few weeks ago.

I know, I know....more doom and gloom from my corner of the world.  But this time, instead of sadness, there's joy in celebrating a life well lived.

Grandma would have been 97 this week.  That's a lot of days to be on this earth, and many of them weren't that great.

She grew up during the great depression, then married a man with much emotional baggage. She lost her only sibling to breast cancer, and endured several health problems of her own. She outlived all three of her children, and one grandchild.  

But from my earliest memories, grandma Nelda lived life with zest and laughter, and a twinkle in her eye.
She was like Mary Poppins, sweeping in for a visit in her green polyester travelling suit, with a bag full of presents and a plan for fun.  She loved card games, John Travolta, and red sports cars.  I learned to disco dance from grandma Nelda.  She was strong and determined and didn't take crap from anybody.

That's the grandma I miss.  The last few years, dementia robbed her of her memories and her sparkle, and she was ready to go. 

So I won't be sad.  I'll picture her leading a big disco party with Randy, Connie, David and Scotty.  Beating everyone at bridge, then settling down with a scotch on the rocks to watch Johnny Carson.

Yep, it was a life well lived.


  1. I'm so sorry about the loss of your grandmother. She sounds like she was an amazing person who led a full life! Sending hugs and prayers!

    Doused In Pink

  2. Sorry for your loss. She sounds like she was a force to be reckoned with.


  3. I love the way you honoured her here- with a zest of life and OH MY do you guys ever look alike!

  4. Precious tribute by a special lady for a special lady!! I can feel your sadness yet glorious release to heaven for a life well lived all at the same time!! Hugs sweet friend!!

  5. What a great tribute to a woman who seemed to out-sparkle any of the rough times in life!

  6. This is such a great post for a great lady. Disco dancing, love it!

  7. A disco grandmother is a great role model! 97 and dementia, now she can be truly dancing to her own tune again.

  8. Dementia is so hard! My grandma lived into her 90's, too and had dementia at the end of it. 97 is a long life, I am sure she lived through a lot of joyful times amongst the harder ones! I'll you and your family in my prayers!


  9. This is a great post and a great tribute!

  10. She must have been a strong woman! But it is always very sad when someone passes, never mind what age.

  11. Gorgeous perspective.
    I like to imagine my Nana eating ice cream and laughing, gaining back her sight, memories and sound.
    I like to celebrate what she had while she was alive and she always did have a twinkle in her eye.

  12. Awe she sounds amazing Lana... that is the right attitude to have, I need to get a little more of that myself... The truth is that bad things will happen but we need to remember there are good thing too xox

  13. I'm glad you have some wonderful memories to comfort you. How fun that it was your grandma who taught you to disco dance! It sounds like she set an example from which we could all learn a little bit about how to live life. Best wishes to you and your family.

  14. What a sweet tribute to your grandma. I cannot imagine outliving three children. Her life had more than its share of trials and yet she was a Mary Poppins in your world. Precious memories.

  15. I'm so sorry for your loss of your grandma.


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