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Apparently, my love of classic style is coded in my DNA. This gorgeous young lady is my grandmother, Betty Jean. Or as I knew her, Nan. She passed away yesterday, and I lost a little piece of my heart forever.
My family wanted to put together a tribute video of photos to play at her memorial service on Friday, and I jumped on the opportunity to spend some quiet time of reflection working on the project. I’ve spent the last two days going through family photographs. I laughed at some (Jeffrey), smiled at many that brought back sweet memories, and cried a few tears. I wondered who some folks were, especially in the older photographs, but I always asked Nan… so I guess some of them will always be a mystery now. All in all, it’s been incredibly therapeutic.  You can view the video here.

I’d never taken the time to look at these old photos before, some dating back to the 1940’s. They’ve been right under my nose, stored in photo boxes in my home office. Finding these photos of my Nan in her youth made me feel more connected to her somehow. It made me wonder about her life before she was my Nan: her stories of love and heartbreak, her young adventures, her successes and defeats. I wish I’d asked her more about herself as a young lady, but I guess I just always assumed she was born a gray-haired grandmother and didn’t have a life before I came around ;)

I love you, Nan. You were the sunshine of my life; my rock in a world that was often unsteady and unpredictable. You taught me more than you’ll ever know, and helped shape me into the woman I am today. I’m glad that I inherited your style, and I hope the cooking genes start kicking in full-force soon (so does Chad). 

I can’t imagine a life without you in it, and we all miss you already.

Author: Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

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