Wednesday, February 28, 2007

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My grandmother in San Francisco passed away this past weekend... She had an asthma attack and died shortly after arriving at the hospital. She was 85 years old and outlived my grandfather by 10 years... Grandma had a happy life, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, almost all in the San Francisco Bay Area. Somehow though, I find myself feeling really guilty for living so far away- she always admonished me for moving ALL THE WAY to New York, and here I am now, ALL THE WAY in Japan. In fact, it was especially after talking to her last week that I immediately felt homesick. I am really grateful that I was able to talk to her during the Chinese New Years holidays.

I am now scrambling around looking for last-minute tickets to California and tracking down my passport (I had to send it off to get a Chinese visa for my upcoming trip to Hong Kong and Beijing). There was a slight discrepancy regarding the bereavement leave at school but things have been ironed out now. Fortuantely, it works out that I won't have classes for the next several weeks due to spring break and graduation.

It will be nice to be with my family during this tough time but who knows, reverse-culture shock may hit me hard.

"A Poh"... rest in peace.....

3 comments:

vaso said...

laurie
i'm so sorry to hear that!
thankfully she lived a full life and had so many people around her that loved, admired, and respected her. She was truly lucky.
i'll try calling you.

:(

miss you ...

v

Beena said...

Laurie,
I'm so sorry to heard about ur grandma. take comfort in knowing that she is in a better place now and lookin over all her loved ones.

Sono said...

Laurie,
Grandmother are so special. It's not easy losing someone that has always been there. You feel like they will live forever (and wish they would). Keep your chin up and think of the good times with her. My sincerest condolences go out to you.