Hold Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand July 1, 2009
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.”
In Memory of Ann Rinaldi June 24, 2009
In Memory of Ann Rinaldi
I have so many fond memories of my grandmother from my childhood. When I think of her I immediately think of mozzarella cheese, coupons, and chicken soup. Strange combination of thoughts, right?
Well it all has to do with the fact that I loved mozzarella cheese so much when I was little (still do) and Gran would always have it at her house for me every time I came over her place. She would cut it up in slices and I would put salt on it and eat the whole block.
The coupon reference is one that makes me smile. My grandma was a coupon wizard. She would have so many coupons that she filled an entire dresser drawer with them. She lived in a retirement apartment complex and she would collect all of the coupon circulars from the recycling center and when I would come over I would sit at the kitchen table and cut them out for her for hours and help organized them in envelopes for her. When she would go to the grocery store she would work with the store’s sale circular and her coupons and she could fill a whole cart with groceries and never pay a cent…we joke that sometimes they owed HER money at the checkout! She inspired me to do the same thing for my mom with coupons when I was young. Sometimes when mom and I would go shopping I’d save her $40-$50 with “double coupons.” You can’t beat savings! I still try to use them where I can to this day!
I always wanted to help her when I came over. One day she showed me that her can opener could sharpen knives on the back of it and next thing you know I was sharpening every single knife she had in the kitchen, in turn, burning out the can opener in the process. She didn’t get upset with me…she just told me not to worry about it…but I never forgot that story all this time! lol.
She was a great cook. I have memories of more great Italian dinners than you can imagine. She was also famous for her homemade chicken soup. She’d make tons of it and freeze it in recycled containers she saved from other meals (my granny never wasted a thing!) and every time you’d come over you’d end up leaving with a container of her homemade chicken soup.
She was super thoughtful and very generous. I remember over and over going to her house and if I complimented something she had she would tell me to take it home. I would tell her, no Gran it’s yours, but somehow the item would find it’s way home with me in my bag because she snuck it in there. I was just packing tonight and found a teeny tiny glass vase with teeny tiny glass flowers in it that she gave me. I keep in it on the shelf in my office and it reminds me of her.
Grandma loved to swim at our house during the summer and she loved to read. She has probably read tens of thousands of books in the years past. When she would come over to relax at our house during the summer she would read her books while cooling off in the pool and would finish a book in a day! Between her and my mother who also loves to read – I can see where my love for reading comes from (if only I had more time lately to do so!)
Grandma had many ailments and had been on oxygen for about 10 years. Even with all of the health issues she had through the years she just kept on ticking! That’s why it’s hard for me to grasp that she is no longer with us. No matter what, she always pulled through, even with the WORST diagnosis – ALWAYS!! So, I’ve been in a bit of a denial since I was told she passed away last week. It still doesn’t seem real.
It’s been a hard year. First my Aunt passed away last year…then my Father this May, and now my Grandma (my Dad’s Mother) a month later. I’ve lost almost all of the members on one branch of my extremely small family tree. It’s not an easy reality to face. I’m trying my best to get through the tough days I have ahead and I’m looking forward to a bright and shiny future…there has to be a rainbow after all of these stormy days!
Visiting with Gran in NC this past November:
I can’t believe your both gone from my life…
Her favorite things…reading & relaxing in the sun in the pool:
We’ll miss you Gran!
Lawrence A. Rinaldi
Beloved Father, Son, and Brother
November 20, 1946 – May 2, 2009
My sadness knows no end
I can’t believe you’re gone
I’ve been filled with sadness each day
It’s been hard to carry on
I’ve grown up to have so may of your traits
and I’m happy that I did
You’ve taught me so much
and no one can take that away
You may have thought I didn’t see or hear
the lessons that you taught me
but I got every word
I picked up everything
It’s written in my heart
What I’ll do without my Dad
I can’t comprehend
Memories of times we had
help the pain go away
But my life won’t be the same
and I’ll miss you everyday
Please know that I love you
and no one can ever take your place
A part of my heart went with you…
I am home in heaven, dear ones;
Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in heaven at last.
Did you wonder how I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh, but Jesus’ love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.
And he came himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus’ arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth’s shadows,
Pray to trust our Father’s will.
There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remains,
You shall rest in Jesus’ land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
It was hanging in Dad’s car…now it hang’s in mine. 🙂