I've been trying to think of the one word to best describe my Nanna, she was a funny lady with all sorts of quirks, but I think the word that best captures her spirit is cheeky. Nanna often had a little grin on her face that made you think that she was perhaps up to no good. She was forever trying to have a sneaky chocolate or lollie when she thought nobody was looking and we have long suspected that her hearing problems were sometimes a little bit selective. She had a cute little laugh and loved to joke around.
Nanna was a huge worry wart, one of her favourite things to scold us about was having our handbags undone, she was always closing my handbag for me, even if it was sitting right next to me and there was nobody around she was always weary a mysterious bad guy would pop out of nowhere and steal my purse. She didn't save her worrying just for the family, out shopping she would often wander off to walk up to a complete stranger to advise them to close their handbag too. Nanna, I promise I will always keep a close eye on my handbag when I am out.
Another aspect of her worrying was her obsession with keeping doors locked and hiding her handbag and important items. Unfortunately though, sometimes she hid things so well that she couldn't remember where she hid them. I think they keys to her windows are still missing after she put them somewhere "safe" and I remember having to cancel all her credit cards one time when she hid her purse so well that she decided someone must have stolen it. Of course after going to the effort of cancelling everything the purse appeared a few days later in her linen closet between some towels.
Jewellery was one of Nanna's biggest loves. It didn't have to be fancy, she loved anything that sparkled, every time I saw Nanna she would grab a hold of my wrist and examine my jewellery, even if she had already seen it a million times. Nanna liked wearing lots of sparkly bracelets and we always got a few in our birthday and christmas presents from her.
She also loved seeing us girls in pretty dresses. I remember one year when I was in primary school she bought me this blue floral dress for my birthday. It was an awkward length and had a lacy collar, it was truly hideous. When we were younger we didn't see Nanna very much because we lived in Australind and she lived in Wundowie, I think for this reason Mum always really liked it when we wore something that Nanna had bought us and whenever I went out somewhere Mum would suggest I wear the blue dress. Mum didn't know that I hated it of course so I always had a reason to avoid wearing it but one day I gave in. I was going to a friends house for a birthday party and even though I knew my friends would probably tease me, I decided to wear the blue floral dress. It was the one and only time I wore the dress but it made my Mum happy to see me wearing something from Nanna.
Nanna had diabetes, as a result she wasn't really supposed to eat sweet things. This didn't stop her from buying sweet things ALL THE TIME. She loved a good iced bun, she always had one at her house and I'd often find some strange sweet cake thing at Mum's house that Nanna had decided to give her because she "couldn't eat it all herself". Nanna liked using the excuse "but I need sweet things for when I have low sugar". She must have had low sugar all the time because her house was a mecca for sweetness, and she had stashes in odd places, I remember trying to find scissors in her kitchen drawers once and coming across a pack of chocolate biscuits. Classic Nanna.
Cat food, Nanna loved buying cat food. For a while there I think she was going to the shop every day saying she needed more cat food. Her cat who's name is Bobby Bow ("pronounced Bobby Bough in a quick strange voice" says Lee) he was named by Lee and Ash but Nanna mainly just called him Puss Cat must have been the best fed cat on Earth, guaranteed to never miss a meal, because whenever you went to Nanna's house she had a shitload of cat food. At least two full boxes of biscuits and a good 20 cans of wet food. Nanna, Puss Cat lives with me now and I promise you he will always be well fed, well looked after and extremely well loved.
Ever since I was little I've wanted to play guitar. For some reason my parents never let me get one or have lessons, Nanna was the only one who thought it was a good idea, so I would think she'd be happy to know that I am finally being taught how to play and it's going pretty well so far. I will try learn a country song one day and play it for you Nanna.
Nanna i'm going to miss playing cards with you, I'll miss coming to your house for lunch on Christmas Day, I'll miss the way you always fell asleep on the couch and started snoring, I'll miss eating chinese food with you. I'll miss so many things about you. I hope you are at peace now. I love you.
Carrie xoxo xxxx