A Heart Shaped Weekend

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valentines day 2016 dinner party

I spent Thursday through Sunday in Michigan with my family. My sweet grandmother is making her transition to heaven after a pretty incredible almost 99 years on this planet. She never likes to miss a party so she has hung on through several days of storytelling and gatherings. At one point, there were 9 past and present staff members of her assisted living center in her bedroom; apparently there is a Hazel text message chain compromised of these kind women alerting each other to her condition and to come say goodbye. Time laughing and sharing and toasting was not in short supply and it was pretty damn special.

One of Hazel’s core values is hosting and with a Valentine’s Day dinner party planned at my house in Chicago, my mom insisted that my grandmother would have insisted I go home so I hit the road early and headed West. Several hours spent passing spaghetti and meatballs and pie around our table and really great conversation as we all curled up in front of the fire, nibbling on heart-shaped Rice Krispie treats and M&M’s as snow continued to fall outside was just the ticket. Having people in my life that I love as much as I do is my greatest blessing and an entire weekend, as all over the place emotionally and geographically as it was, to spend just loving them up…well, that is Valentine’s Day.

And I think Luna Bell was happy to host a heart-shaped party too.

Luna Bell Valentine's Day 2016

2 Comments on “A Heart Shaped Weekend”

  1. Elizabeth Vlietstra

    I was hoping to meet you Friday when I was there visiting Hazel. I’ve heard so much about you from Hazel and your mom. I most certainly am going to miss ‘Little’ Hazel. She has made one huge impact on my life and I consider her to be family. Being one of her care givers at the Oaks, I didn’t think I’d ever have a bond like that with someone. She has made me laugh and cry (due to having a heart to heart talk, she’s very intuitive with things going on in people’s lives). Anywho, I just wanted to say that she will be greatly missed and that she is loved by all!

    1. ninainthechi

      Elizabeth, thank you so much for your comment. You took such wonderful care of my Grandmother and I cannot thank you enough- you made her life so meaningful the past 4 years and in doing so made a huge impact on our entire family. I know she was grateful for you too. 🙂 Sending you lots of love and gratitude!

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