Grandma Rose, and the six women descended from her. Grandma Rose and I shared a birthday, and a name. Grandma Rose shared her gift for lovingly detailed crafts and passion for making with all of the women in the family. Grandma Rose bought her own bedroom set with her own money, before she was married, and kept it her entire life. Grandma Rose signed her name, "With All My Love Always" in a photo to her beloved husband. Grandma Rose received roses from Grandpa Andy every year, and was the inspiration of his rose tattoo on his bicep. Grandma Rose had a garden, and in it she fed a stray cat she called Sweetie. Grandma Rose had a sweet tooth and couldn't say no to a chocolate, or cake, or a cookie. Grandma Rose saved the card I sent her, even when she didn't always know who I was when I saw her last. Grandma Rose loved her daughters, and was so grateful to Aunt Mary who took great care of her after Grandpa died. Grandma Rose and Grandpa Andy are together again, dancing the polka, just like the night she first went up to him and said hello. Grandma Rose and I never got to say goodbye, but I know she felt the love we all felt for her. We will miss you, Grandma Rose
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based out of Brookline, MA.