As previously mentioned, I would not be able to be in Cape Town, or have had any of my wonderful travels if it were not for the endless love and support of my family. This post in particular will focus on the most impactful family member I could ever have wished for as a little zygote. Sadly after 87 amazing and loving years, my great-grandmother (yes ‘great’, we Powers’ live forever) has ended her journey on Earth. I will be as eternally grateful for her in my life, as much as I will cherish my last memory with her.
Betty Powers was an extraordinary human being. She was an amazing grandmother to my dad and uncle, and was a phenomenal, spoiling, get-out-of-jail-free-card, super-bestest thing that ever happened to Tyler and I. Never did a full week of our childhood pass that she was not helping out our parents by either coming down to Indianapolis, or better yet, carting us up to Muncie. She would take us to once again travel the great tunnels and ball pits of Escapades, while later showering us with the finest toys K-mart could sell. We would go to Mac’s in the mornings, eat buttered ham salad sandwiches for dinner, have at least ten fundgesicles for a “snack”, and the proceed to eat whatever our hearts desired for supper; which I’m pretty sure was candy. Although she would try and trick us into going to bed at 8:30, we would make it for another hour before we retired to bed, and then ridiculous storytelling.
Although Grandma Betty would spoil us often, she was truly one of the most impactful adults in my life. My parents, aunts and uncles, teachers, and most other adults served wonderful purposes in my life; but there’s just nothing that can come close to the true and unadulterated love of a grandparent. She taught us to never hate; be it people, food, and especially a sibling. She taught us to always be loving towards others, to be kind, and to be grateful for what you have; which was easy, because with grandma you have everything.
I will always be grateful for having grandma Betty in my life for 22 (and a half) blessed years. Never again will I have someone be so absolutely loving towards me, but I can give that to others, and I know that is what she would have wanted. My last memories of her were from a week ago when I was reminding her that I was leaving for Africa. Although she mentioned numerous times, “What are you going to do there? I just can’t feature someone going to Africa.”, she was still quite excited for me. My last moments with her were happy, loving, gracious for the health she had, and complaint-free, which is what we should all probably strive more towards. At times we may refuse to admit it, but we all have so many good things going for us.
I will truly miss Grandma Betty, but I know she is on to bigger and better things, lending her warm heart to our other loved ones that are no longer with us. And I know that just because she is not physically here, does not mean that she cannot still be with us.
P.S. I’d be willing to hit PAUSE on the vegetarian train if someone could ship like a pound of ham salad and fudgesicles to me so that I could be sad, while also comforting myself. Real thoughts and pictures of Cape Town to come, it’s been great so far. Don’t worry about me, there are lots of snotty hugs and kisses waiting for me in the morning.
Destiny Ever After
Because college is a fairy tale
- In Memory of the Great Grandma Betty