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Thread #33270   Message #443467
Posted By: Naemanson
18-Apr-01 - 12:01 PM
Thread Name: Goodbye Nana....
Subject: RE: Goodbye Nana....
By the way, my uncle came up to be here for a while. He is a 61 year old carpenter and steel worker, working on the construction of The Big Dig in Boston. He is huge, bearded, and gruff, a hard drinker with calloused hands. But he is also a sensitive poet and has a finely honed sense of humor. He sat at the kitchen table on the morning after Nana's death and wrote a beautiful poem. I will share it here when I get a copy.

I was doing all right till they showed me the poem and then the tears flowed. He laughed at me. "Gotcha!" he said. But behind his laughter I could see the pain.

Yesterday we stood in Nana's apartment wondering what to do and how to do it. There was so much stuff and we had to decide who would take what home with them. No one wanted to be first. We felt like vultures but it had to be done. My uncle would take nothing.

Nana had a favorite vase, large and painted with a lovely seascape and lighthouse. She loved lighthouses. Last night Dad made a lovely hardwood top for the vase. That is where she will rest.

I am at the library and my time is up. Thanks for everything, guys.