Tuesday, January 31, 2012

for my bisabuela

My great grandmother peacefully passed away yesterday morning at the age of 94. She was quite the woman--feisty and sarcastic, clever to the point that she became manipulative, and benevolent in every which way. She was my maternal grandmother's mother. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia, then lived in various cities in the U.S. including New York and Orlando. She outlived her husband (whom I had the privilege of knowing as well) by almost two decades. 
Her life wasn't easy, but it was full. And I am so grateful to have the chance to know her. This weekend, I will spend my time at home instead of in Syracuse as planned. I will honor her life surrounded by family, some cousins of which I haven't seen in at least a dozen years. I will have more than my fair share of desserts; that beautiful woman you see above had a sweet tooth unlike any other. And later this year, I will go to Colombia for the first time, just as I'd hoped.


  1. Ah, I'm sorry about your great grandmother Danielle. I'm keeping your family in my thoughts!

  2. I am so sorry for your loss, Danielle. Your great grandmother sounds like a fascinating woman! Though I know from experience that the loss is hard, it's also a great gift that you had her in your life this long. My condolences to you and your family. <3

  3. @Lara: Thank you so much, Lara, and you're right. I am so grateful.

  4. Danielle, I'm sorry for your loss. You will absolutely love Colombia it's a beautiful country, I recommend going to Cartagena and Santa Marta!

  5. I am so very sorry for your loss Danielle. Sending you love.


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