Five years ago, Old Gertrude went home to Heaven.

Today I mourn the loss of a good friend.

Her Love was the purest form.

Her forgiveness was up to date.

Her loyalty — uncompromising.

And I don’t wish her back.


But sometimes, the smell of Scrapple frying–

The first fire in the pellet stove in Autumn-

The sight of her Santa Claus that still sings “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”–

Hearing and seeing jingle bells tied to velvet red bows —

And setting up the Christmas tree-

These things remind me of a severely handicapped old lady

Whose presence in our home

Changed us all

And made us better people.



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4 responses to “

  1. So hard to believe that Gertrude has been gone for five years. I can just see her looking through her glasses and giving a big toothy grin. She always charmed me and made me smile. Thanks for the memory.

  2. What a nice tribute to an amazing lady.

  3. ((hugs)) I never knew old Gertrude.  She must’ve been a very special lady.  As are you.  🙂

  4. Surprised me, you did, that it’s been 5 years. Bless you for this tribute and

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