Sunday, August 7, 2011


This is my paternal grandmother, Cinda Lenore Hedgecock, or "Ma" as I grew up calling her. She passed away July 11th, and I miss her. I haven't seen her in many years and I regret not having a chance to show her my young family again.

In 18 months I have lost both my grandmothers and I took Ma's passing especially hard. Two notes to all you readers out there: Facebook is a terrible way to spread news of someone's passing, and ALWAYS have a funeral to provide closure for loved ones.

My favorite memories of Ma are all times when we had one on one time; a day birdwatching together, a long chat over the phone when I was 16, the many times she pointed out my good qualities, etc. Though the distance in miles was great between us for most of my life, I know she cared about me and my development. I guess that's why grandmas are so wonderful.

I wish I had a chance to pay my respects to her. But this post will have to do. When I heard the news, I went home early and picked up peaches, Oreos, and Fig Newtons - all items that remind me of Ma. We ate them together as I shared stories to the boys of their great-grandmother.


  1. So very sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing. Her photo shows a beautiful lady with a warm smile and loving eyes. It is hard when you don't have a forum in which to grieve. You have written a very beautiful tribute here -- and all of us reading feel your loss. Sending my deepest sympathy. <3

  2. Thank you for this post. I love that you picked up those 3 items - all of which remind me of her very much as well. What a wonderful tribute to her. I have wanted to do something like this because I agree that there should always be a means for closure for loved ones. Unfortunately I was also in the middle of trying to move when she passed, making it all the more difficult for me to achieve closure. I also agree that Facebook is a terrible way to spread any type of significant news, especially bad news. Thank you again.