1.19.2011

"They're Just Men..."

My Grandparents on their wedding day
{This was actually two photos of each of them individually that I had to photoshop together. The only wedding photo of them "together" because the rest were ruined}

That little lady next to her honeymoon get away car is my Nannie, Sue Keating. I am pretty sure that at this point, she had no idea what she was getting herself in to! A kind hearted classy lady that married a loud opinionated cajun sailor. Through her many years of marriage and raising his four children, she definitely learned a thing or two. Here is a little bit of what I learned from her.

  • A woman should have a signature scent. Her's was Estee Lauder White Linen. I could never smell that again and not think of her.
  • A good book is all you need to escape for awhile. She was an avid reader that probably read thousands of books.
  • Red lipstick, I remember playing with hers in her vanity growing up.
  • She taught me how to crochet and appreciate family heirlooms. She made all of her grandchildren blankets. We got to pick the colors, which made it special{mine is pink and mint green... my childhood favorite colors}
  • She really couldn't cook, but she could bake, which I think is better.
  • She made amazing lemonade. Her's was so sweet that you nearly had to chew it. I still tend to prefer mine extra sweet for this reason.
  • She also made killer sweet tea, no telling how many cups of sugar were in a pitcher!
  • She was tolerant and patient. I can only imagine that my grandpa was not an easy man to live with, but she always seemed at ease... maybe that's why she read so much!? haha!
  • She picked her battles. With an opinionated husband and four children, she hardly ever got her feathers ruffled. I think this is key to a successful marriage.
  • She taught me family loyalty. When she first met Brad and we were newly engaged, she threatened his life if he ever hurt me, and meant EVERY word. This is still a conversation that he remembers vividly!
  • Greatest of all, she had a philosophy that I still carry with me today. It was her very simple outlook on men. She would always say "They're just men, you cant expect much" How true! I quote it multiple times a week.
She was a sweet and humble lady.
Tonight she went to be with Jesus. Her faith became sight and I am sure it was the most glorious sight!

18 comments:

  1. she sounds like an incredible woman, and what an incredible legacy she left with you!!! i think keating has himself a pretty feisty guardian angel now!!

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  2. for a minute there I thought from your tweet that your cousin that was going to nanny for you passed away...then I realized you were talking about your grandmother! anyways, thinking of you and your family!

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  3. Very sorry for your loss but may her soul rest in peace! Great post and she sounds like she was an awesome lady! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. QC sorry for the confusion! Cousin is still going to nanny... grandma was called nannie too! Thanks yall!!

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  5. Blame it on horomones or whatever, but I just started crying (I also lost one of my grandmas less than two years ago, so that could be it too). Your grandma sounds like a very special lady, and I bet she is in heaven sporting her red lipstick, drinking some sweet tea and reading a really good book. :)

    xo

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  6. P.S. I think, "They're just men. You can't expect much!" might be my new favorite quote. :)

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  7. "They're just me. You can't expect much" now that is an awesome quote. Can- I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure that she was one classy lady- like yourself!
    Best to you and your family.
    xoxo
    Kate

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  8. what a sweet post and a great way to remember her!!

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  9. She sounds like a lovely woman, and a wonderful role model. I love the "men" quote, and it's true!! :)

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  10. What a beautiful tribute! Grandmothers are the best, and to this day, I can't smell Estee Lauder Estee without thinking of mine. It is like a gift that takes me back to her every time I pick up the bottle as I walk by the counter. Thinking of your family!

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  11. This brought tears to my eyes... what a wonderful tribute to your grandmother. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  12. very sweet and poignant. i may or may not have had more that one tear glistening by the end ;) thank you. i think you've represented and honored her very well. Lucy

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  13. What a beautiful way to remember what sounds like an amazing lady

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  14. What a touching post! I will say a prayer for your family.

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  15. Such a sweet tribute Can! Made me teary eyed.

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  16. Your Grandma sounds amazing! and just like mine! I was taught several of the same lessons! -- Signature scent. Red lipstick! Crocheting. Picking your battles and quite a few others! I am happy to read this post! I might do one similar! Grandparents have a way of sparking the best blog posts! Really crying about the Grandpa part because My Grandfather was a Sailor and the problems my Grandparents had were truly short of remarkable and to be together to the day he died was an inspiration to me! Have a good day darling! I am a new follower!

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  17. Sweetheart, this is so beautiful. I just came across your lovely blog and was enjoying it so much, and this post really meant a lot to me. I think that generation had some of the finest men and women and we are so blessed to have learned so many amazing things from them! I am sending you hugs and am just so very happy to 'meet' you! :) xoxo

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