Naomi Ruth Graham Trettin
I had blackberries on my yogurt this morning and this made me think of my grandma.
My Grandma Trettin passed away on January 7th, a day before her 94th birthday. This may be part of the reason my blogging has been postponed for so long, I knew I wanted to do a post but not sure what to say.
My Grandma lived a long life, full of hard-work, family, friends, and love. She lived through the depression and based much of her life based on the way her family lived in order to survive. Most of my memories are of visiting my grandma and grandpa on their farm in Oregon. Just about every summer we would go up for at least a week to visit. We'd also head up for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I always loved the occasional Christmas that it would snow. I have memories of "playing" the piano they had. I had no idea what I was doing, but my grandma always let me bang around on the keys. I also enjoyed picking blackberries and eating cobbler with homemade ice cream. At the funeral, most of the grandchildren share these memories of helping out on the farm. I'm thankful that I was able to bring Kevin up when he was about 2 to visit and we were able to go over to the farm to pick blackberries. Although I know he wont remember this, it is special to me that he was able to do it.
My cousins and I on the farm many years ago
Kevin and Nana picking blackberries (and eating them!)
Grandma Trettin and Kevin on the farm 2003I enjoyed being a part of the celebration of my grandma's life. We have such an extended family that a lot of my relatives I'm not able to see often. I'm so glad I was able to make it. Being surrounded by family is important to my life. I enjoyed listening to everyone's stories and memories. I think it was pretty unanimous that my grandma was hard working and frugal, but also gave all that she could to help those that she loved. She showed her love through her work and I think that has passed down to me. It's not easy expressing myself outwardly, but it fills my heart to give to others and do what I can to help. I thank my grandma for this lesson, although I continue to work on the expressing it outwardly too. :)