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by Vidya Sury April 15, 2015 10 comments

Dear Vidur,

Today is a very special day for us – it is your Grandma’s birthday – she would have turned 70 today! You know, I never imagined a time when she wouldn’t be with us. How devastating it was when she passed away suddenly! It all seemed to happen so fast – one day she seemed fine – we were all sitting and watching a movie together – and the next day she had to be rushed to emergency care with a collapsed lung she never recovered from.

One of the amazing things about your “Paati” was her indomitable spirit. Always cheerful. During sad times, she believed we had our memories to sustain us. In spite of all the hardships she faced in life, she always smiled and practiced kindness. That takes a lot of inner strength and compassion.

She had such a “happy” personality and practiced what she preached. She always insisted that it is better to be happy than to be right and it is okay to give in to make someone feel good. It used to freak me out when she said that – because, after all, we’re only human and it is so hard to wish good things for the person who hurt you, especially immediately after. I don’t believe in holding grudges, but I’d certainly need a little time to come to terms with the situation – get over it. Your Paati was not like that – she was so full of love for everyone, and only believed it looking at their good side. Maybe that’s why she was such a good teacher – she never blamed the person, she had a heart big enough to blame their behavior, which she was convinced was temporary.

Today, I understand her a little more on a daily basis. She was truly an angel. Some days, it is the memories of her that keep me going and I am so glad I have so many wonderful ones. She proved that even when times are tough, we can be happy if we want to be.

“Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.”
~ Oscar Wilde

I always marveled at her ability to be so generous she would literally take the proverbial shirt off her back for someone in need. Do you know how many childrens’ education she has funded by taking on extra tuition so she could do it? She also tutored for free.

She could never bear to see anyone hungry or sad. I am not sure if you remember one lady who used to come home – you were quite young. Your Paati never let her leave without making sure she had a meal, some cash and a bag full of goodies. The lady worked hard and spent hours in the sun to sell her home made stuff.

During festivals, when our neighbors were dazzling in their finery and visiting each other, your Paati cooked and made packets of food to distribute to the street dwellers sitting outside the temples and churches by our place. So much more peace, she said. She didn’t care that the neighbors found her odd, because she believed that service to mankind was what mattered.

She was not afraid to do what felt right in her heart.

I am so very happy you spent 12 years of your life knowing her, being close to her. My heart used to brim with joy when I watched the two of you together. You adored her – looked up to her as she indulged you in what you wanted yet was strict with you. I have fond memories of you both spending hours together – talking, laughing, enjoying jigsaw puzzles together, playing word games, enacting drama, dancing…. When she was sick I felt proud of you for sitting by her side, reading to her and singing to her, assuring her she’ll be better soon. Did you know that she was very proud of you and thought you were the best grandson she could have ever wished for?

“A memory is a photograph taken by the heart to make a special moment last forever.”
~ Unknown

Hold those memories close to your heart and take strength from them during those times in life when things look tough. Your Paati’s love and blessings have the power to uplift us.

Did I tell you that exactly at 12 midnight, your Dad changed his desktop photo to one of you with your Paati? The one where you are both leaning on each other, sitting on the swing we had in the living room.

I urge you to make your own memories – keep the wonderful happy ones in your heart and simply learn from the not-so-good ones and let them go.

“We do not remember days; we remember moments.”
~Cesare Pavese

May precious memories of your Paati always hug you close, making you feel loved. She’s watching over you.

Always here for you,

Love and hugs,

Blessed to be your Mom, more than ever today!

*Paati = Grandma

memories vidya sury

A to Z Challenge 2015 

My theme is “Letters to my son” M is for Making Memories

M is for Mindful Living tip at Life Hacks for Happiness

M is for Myth about the diabetes diet at Life Hacks for Diabetics


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Found In Folsom April 17, 2015 at 12:03 am

Vidya, such a heart rendering post. Didn’t know your theme was letters to your son. I should catch up on the other posts too when I get time. I saw this on FB and couldn’t help stopping by. Always enjoyed reading about your mom. Always. Such a fantastic woman she was. Each time I read about her, I know a bit more about you 🙂

Vidya Sury April 17, 2015 at 9:59 am

Thank you, love! 🙂 Your words are so heart-warming! Do come back!
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Susan Scott April 17, 2015 at 12:32 am

Happy birthday to your mother Vidya, your grandmother Vidur. Those must have been such happy memories for your 12 years of knowing her Vidur.

This is a lovely post Vidya thank you so much. I love the quotes too.
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Vidya Sury April 17, 2015 at 9:58 am

Thank you Susan… what a lovely wish! While the pain of loss is always rooted deep, today I feel truly fortunate that I had her with me for 47 years of my life. Feel so blessed, too!
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Birgit April 17, 2015 at 7:15 am

This is so sweet and memories is what we must hold on to more than anything. Your mom was and is special Vidya. I made me tear up because I saw my mom this eve. Her memory is damaged from dementia although she can talk and, if, reminded, she can recall the past to a certain degree. Her COPD is worse and she can no longer walk to the dining room. This happened in the month I was away sick. This is not good news and I fear the end is nearing. So I hold on to the memories of her because, even though she is still here physically, who she truly is, is not.
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Vidya Sury April 17, 2015 at 9:52 am

Oh hugs, Birgit! I know how difficult it must be, both for you and for her. Cherish her as much as you can! The love is eternal and infinite. Sending you love!
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prema April 17, 2015 at 9:47 am

Love reading your posts. What a wonderful way to remember grandma. Thank you Vidya!

Vidya Sury April 17, 2015 at 9:50 am

Thank you Prema! We have such wonderful memories of her!
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Darla M Sands April 17, 2015 at 9:48 pm

I dare say your mother is very proud of you, as well as her grandson. You might be interested to learn that this post came to me at a very timely moment, when I began feeling stressed about caring for my mother during an upcoming week. The few days I expected to cover her special needs keeps getting extended to the point anxiety and a bit of frustration with my family set in this morning. After reading this, I have a fresh outlook. I won’t waste time and energy feeling ashamed for my attitude either, but just work to overcome my selfishness. Thanks for the mental boost!
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Vidya Sury April 17, 2015 at 11:22 pm

Hugs, Darla! I know how you feel. My Mother was diagnosed with lung fibrosis in 1997 and following that, had a rough time health-wise, with the medication leading to various side-effects that needed more specialist treatment. Sometimes I thought the doctors made it worse – the waiting, the suffering, the snooty attitude. It also meant being in and out of hospital. I looked after her for 12 years before she passed away. I remember being frustrated at times but she would always cheer me up, saying, it was important to appreciate each moment. It seemed easier said than done, but the thing was – her spirits were always high and she had enough to raise us all up.

Stay strong! Sending you love!
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