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Well crap. My Grandma Elsie died this morning at 99 and a half years old. I was pulling for her to make it to the end of October for the big 100 but I guess she didn't have it in her.

My mom emailed me--some irony that I'd hear it from her first--and has offered to help pay my fare to Seattle. This will be.. awkward. They haven't seen me since 96 and 13 years of testosterone.

I was about to go to bed. Now I'm not so sure. Oddly, I've dreamed she died a number of times now. Didn't dream it in the last 24 hours. Maybe that's a weird thing to think odd.

I didn't really believe she'd die, you know. When you get to be almost 50 and your grandma is still around you start to think that with this one we've discovered true immortality. This year was auspicious though.

I did all I could to make her famous. Guess I still have time to keep working on that.

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daisydumont
Apr. 23rd, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
oh, erik, i'm so sorry. i feel really sad about grandma elsie. when you told me about her approaching birthday, i so hoped she'd be around to see it. my sympathies, from the heart.

please let us know how the trip to seattle goes.

i'm paying respects to your userpic.
eriktrips
Apr. 23rd, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks Vicki. I was really hoping she'd make it, too--so close!

This will be.. interesting. I'll keep everyone updated as to what happens when and how.
expanding_x_man
Apr. 23rd, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
My condolences Erik. That's amazing she almost made it to 100! Wow. If I am not mistaken, she had an OK relationship with you- right?

I do miss both my grandmothers, one died in 1975, and the other in 1998. They were both long-lived, but just really old.

May she RIP. I bet you will make her famous one way or another- all in time.
eriktrips
Apr. 23rd, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks Max. Yes Grandma Elsie was the one who exclaimed how interesting it was going to be when she found out about my transition. She's been a big support to me for a long time.

She was tired, though, so I am glad that she finally gets to rest.
oldcroaker
Apr. 23rd, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear this.
For every door that closes.
{E}
agoraphiliac
Apr. 23rd, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
My condolences. It's true that it's good she gets to rest, but still I'm sorry to hear of it.

I wish there had been a more apt messenger.

You've made her famous here. Is she in the coming book? Or maybe some other coming book.
eriktrips
Apr. 24th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Family is only in this coming book rather abstractly and obscurely, but the autobiography will have some more explicit moments.

She had been very tired for awhile now, but yeah, it's still sad. Life is both long and short.
annie_r
Apr. 24th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
oh no, so sorry to hear this, Erik.
ekh_78
Apr. 24th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)
I’m sorry!

Obviously I don’t know about you’re family relations. But have you met you’re grandma after 1996? After you stopped seeing your parents?
eriktrips
Apr. 24th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
Thanks. And sorry to be unclear; many of my friends here know about my relationship to various parts of my family, but I forget that many don't.

Grandma Elsie has been a big part of my life all along. She's been very accepting of everything about me. I last saw her about a year ago. My parents, though, have not seen me since 96, or even heard my voice, because they have not been able to deal with my having transitioned.

I've stayed in touch with most of my dad's side of the family and a few relatives on my mom's side. My dad's family is much smaller and easier to keep track of. :)
niyabinghi
Apr. 24th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Ah, I'm so sorry for your loss.
flappedjack
Apr. 25th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
Erik, I'm so sorry for your loss. Grandmothers are pretty special people.
imafarmgirl
Apr. 25th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
Hugs. I'm thinking of you.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 27th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. I know how close you were to her, and what a wonderful support she was in the face of some (ahem) family opposition. I'm glad you got to spend as much time with her as you did.
ticktockmary
Apr. 27th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Oops, that was me.
cynicalcat
Apr. 28th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
Sorry for your loss, Erik. I hope you will be able to get through the funeral with a minimum of inter-family difficulties.
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