"Energy"... That is a word that I will always remember when I think of you. You brought energy to "Everyone" that you were around. "Energy" is something that we feel or something that we have a part of us. I can say that I received so much "Positive" energy from you! You were special.....very special! I feel that "Everyone" was a stronger person through you. The one thing that I will never forget is the fact that you brought "Energy" to everyone you were around. The holiday season was full of "Energy" especially when "Everyone" was around. I know you thrived on that and hopefully "We" all can carry that on. I love you Grandma and I know you are in a "Great" place.....we shared great moments at the end of your journey on Earth, but I know we will share many more!!!
What did I learn from Grandma?
Grandma shared so many little tidbits that guided me, ever so subtly. Here are two of my favorites.
First, she always said, "Old-age doesn't come alone." As a teen I thought, ‘Sure, freedom, money, girlfriends, car, alcohol ….ALL the benefits of age.’ As I grew older I began to understand what she really meant. ‘aches, pains, loss of sight, hearing, forgetfulness.’ I realize now that she helped me to better relate to the elderly and sick and empathize with others. This ‘tidbit’ also encouraged me to enjoy the benefits of youth while I still can – live every day to its fullest.
My favorite 'Grandma tidbit' was, "Eric, keep your nose clean." Every time I saw her from age 13 to 25 she said it, sometimes more than once. Every time! Even when I would call her from college. At first I thought she was just trying to tell me to stay out of trouble. Then, as she kept saying it, I thought there must be more to it, “it must be a cool Grandma-way of saying, ‘Don't use drugs.'” I kept hearing her advice bouncing around my head. Her voice echoed especially loudly just at the moment I was about to make a bad decision. Just before throwing caution to the wind I would hear Grandma say, "Eric, remember. Keep your nose clean!" Her voice gave me pause and an opportunity to make a better decision. I can’t say that I always made the best decision, but she helped me stay on the right track, for sure. Her voice taught me discipline and restraint.
What did I learn from Grandma?
If Grandma modeled nothing else, she showed us all how to celebrate. For this I am most appreciative. It didn’t matter what holiday tradition, whether it Italian, Irish, or Polish, or whether a milestone of the greatest or least significance, she showed me that celebration is an important part of living. Last month while she was recovering from her hip operation I visited her at Allied. I asked her why she celebrated everything and she answered simply, “I learned how to celebrate from Mother (Noni). She celebrated everything and so do I.” Her words echoed with me on my drive back to State College – could I have learned the very same lesson from her?
What did I learn from Grandma?
In that same conversation Grandma was talking about her family – all the fun times and the funny stories. I asked if she thought when she got married that she would have so many children – 8 kids. She answered, again, simply, “We (Grandpa and I) agreed [to accept] whatever children God blessed us with.” Her strong faith and openness to God in her life guided her and rewarded her with a large and loving family – her inner strength. Like everything else, Grandma celebrated family. It seems that family and celebration were her purpose in life – always planning for the next party, get-together or holiday. She yearned to be surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a family-centered beacon of liveliness and enjoyment – the pulse of our family.
What did I learn from Grandma and how am I going to pass it along?
It is now up to us to remember her lessons and tidbits of advice to pass along to the next generation of our family. Have empathy for others. Live every day to the fullest. Show restraint and thoughtfulness. Celebrate everything. Surround yourself with family and loved ones. Be open to God’s blessings.
Grandma was living proof that if you give of yourself, you will reap rewards beyond all else. Her values and example have strengthened our family and for that I am grateful. I know she will live-on through me, through my example, as I teach the values she modeled to Connor, and Connor will pass them onto his own children.
It is up to us to ensure that Grandma lives on though us, by living her example.
Dear Lucy, I know whenever I saw you--at so many of the grandkids special days--that there was always a "big hug for me". That beautiful memory, just this last year, of you dancing as "young Marty" played the drums will be cherished. Now you'll be dancing with the Angels. Love Micki
You were truly a wonderful & kind person. You will be missed a great deal. I will always remember your enthusiastic greeting and hearing you say "You made my day!" There are so many fond memories of you and I will always treasure them.
I am sad to see you go, but happy that you are at peace.
You will live in my heart forever! Love, Tricia
Great-Grandma Lucy, your smile and the sound of your laughter are two qualities I will always treasure and remember about you. You were always the life of the party and I know you wouldn't want us to be sad today, but rather happy for sharing the time we did with you. I'll always remember the last words of advice you gave me, with a smile and laugh you said, "Be nice to the girls, but stick with the boys!" I Love you Gramma, Michael
Grandma, I just wanted to tell you that I, like everyone who was around you, was blessed so much to have such a warm a loving soul in my life. Always being their to show support at a game, graduation or piano audition. Always telling me to strive for the stars!!! I Love You! and will never forget you. Your Grandson, Joseph.
You are such a loving, fantastic person. I love you soo much. You were the best great-grandma I could ever have. I just got stitches Monday,on my forehead. It looks like a lower case l and it reminds me of you. I will always remember you and our last "funny" memory together. I know that you are with God right now watching over all of us. Gram, I love you.
Great Grandmother,I love you, and miss you so much.I remember going down your house every year to make gingerbread houses, and you taking us down the store for good old candy something you enjoyed too.You will be missed but you will always be in my heart...xoxoxoxox
Growing up with the Arrigan girls, I have vivid memories of visiting their Grandma McGinnis in Jessup. I will always remember her as someone who truly loved each and every one of her grandchildren and always told them this ever chance she could. May your entire family find peace at this time....
Gram,I will always treasure all the memories with you like all the fun weekends as a child spending the night and going for breakfast and especially the weekend we decided to clean your jewelry boxes out...I'll always remember your laugh.You'll be forever missed Love u babydoll
The memories with you growing up I will cherish forever. To the times of us girls going threw your closet for clothes or callling you up to pick us up. You were so good to us and I speak for all us when I say we will miss you very much. I love you Gram.
The memories we have with you with us at Frankies birtday party will never be forgotten. You made us all laugh.
You were the Best grandma and I will always love you and have you in my heart till we meet again.