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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Life and a Death

In this unusual November, where leaves stayed on the trees halfway into the month, a week ago we wore tee shirts but today there will be snow, my (extended) family has experienced a birth and a death. On November 6, my nephew Willy was born, a beautiful squishy sweetheart of a boy. Ned’s sister Sarai is a (first-time) Mommy of this wonderful new life (she and Ed were married 2 1/2 years ago). They seem to be doing well (enough), and at the time that I have written this I did not find out if I can post pictures.

And yesterday, Ned lost his 97-year-old grandmother, Victoria Marcus Olds. Ned is named for her (his middle name is Marcus, which is her maiden name). Grandma O was quite a dear person, lively and bright, warm and loving. She felt like a grandma to me right away; she was very easy to be with and she really cared about what each and every one of us was doing/thinking/working on. She is known for how she would ask us question after question. I always loved that about her, and I will really miss her. Ned wrote a beautiful piece about her last night that really says it all. Good-bye, Vic.


Joy and condolences to you and your family – Ned wrote a beautiful tribute.

— added by Someone Said on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 8:02 am

Ned’s observations and appreciation of his grandmother are beautiful and inspirational. I’m so glad you shared it. It reminds me to look for that spirit in my mom, who has grown so frail and very similar to how Ned describes his Grandma. Peace to you and your family.

— added by Anonymous on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 7:58 pm