I Lost My Oma Today

Many of my best memories are with her…

With his Great Grandmother.

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I’m so thankful that my son got to meet “Oma”. I know she hated that I was taking this photo, but I feel grateful to have it. I loved her creativeness and quirky outlooks on life. When we asked why she was buying so many (socks, mittens, or other items) for the grand-kids for Christmas, her response was, “Who wouldn’t want oatmeal socks?” — “Who wouldn’t want fuzzy mittens?” — “Who wouldn’t want,” [insert_blank] etc.

When I was tiny, I would call her “Bitsy-Bamaw” (Grandma Betsy) and she let me.

I also remember her telling me when I was little that, “You should always keep a couple beers in the fridge, one to drink and one for pancakes.” (Pro Cooking Tip: A little beer in the batter makes pancakes very fluffy.)

I remember going to the flea-market with her one weekend and when the Cumbia/Tejano music came on, we started dancing in the parking lot the whole way in. She said, “When you hear it, you have to move like this.”

She was a talented painter and an amazing cook. She taught me how to draw and paint, how to be creative and thoughtful and how to appreciate nature (except for the squirrels that ate her birdseed), which was funny because when I told her my sister had rescued a baby-squirrel, my Oma said, “Why would she go and do a thing like that?”

She always slipped us a sugar cube or some brown sugar before dinner and told us not to tell our moms.

She once killed a rattlesnake with her high heel shoe. No joke! She was a tough but beautiful lady who always had some odd version of wise words to share.

Going out into the country to visit, ‘down the bumpy road’ has always been and will always be my favorite.


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23 thoughts on “I Lost My Oma Today”

  1. I’m extremely sorry for the loss. I am very close to my grandmother and I know how it feels. Be strong and know she loved you very much so never ever let her down.

  2. My deepest condolences. I’m very touched with the memories you share with your oma. I know it’s hard to let something you love go, but everything will be fine.

  3. I’m very sorry for your loss. I’m touched that you’ve shared your memories with her. She may be gone, but I believe she’s in a place where happiness prevails over sorrow.

  4. This is so touching. I’m encouraged to appreciate the people that mean most to me while they’re still here. I believe your ‘Oma’ is smiling down right now 🙂

  5. Wow, this paints a really beautiful picture of her. I love that she would slip you sugar cubes when your mom wasn’t looking. It’s great you took one last photo to preserve her memory.

  6. Very sorry for your loss. It sounds like your oma was a wonderful person. You are lucky to have such delightful memories of her, so many stories to tell your own children. Take care.

  7. My deepest condolences to you, and the rest of your family. those unforgettable moments with your oma will always be treasured and remembered.

  8. Condolences to you my dear. Your oma seems like a really great person. I wished I could’ve met her! Keep smiling because we all know that she would like to see you smiling despite her passing.

    1. Memories of her make me smile, and I’m glad to be able to share thoughts of her to so many people in all parts of the world. It feels like it honors her greater.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. This post reminds me so much of my Lola! I lost my her 20+ years ago but I still miss her to this day. Sometimes on nice sunny days I can still smell the woodburning oven she used to use to cook our meals 🙂

  10. My deepest condolences to you and your family. However, we all have to die someday. Your grandma just went there first.

  11. I am deeply sorry to hear about the death of your oma. Pray for peace. She wraps your heart to get you through this very difficult time.

  12. I am sorry for your loss. It is nice to remember the good memories you have with the ones you are close to.

  13. My heart goes out to you Katlina and the rest of your family. I hope the memories you have will give you comfort during this difficult time. From the article she was brave, loving and artistic. I dont know many people who would go near a snake let alone kill them with a shoe. R.I.P Oma.

  14. Sorry for the loss. Your oma was surely someone who inspired you. Be assured that you will see her again in the resurrection.

  15. I am sorry for your loss.Your Oma sure sounds amazing and you are lucky to have her.Your love for your Oma reminds me of my grandma too, she had passed and she kinda does the same things as your Oma I’m sure they’re in heaven looking out after us.

  16. I am sorry for your loss. But she sounds like a woman who lived a bright and very full life. She reminds me of my mother… also an artist and a great home cook.

  17. There isn’t anything to say that could make this easier… but it is so touching to see how many sweet moments you shared… and wherever she is, I am sure she is also thinking of you and trying to find a way to hand you another sugar cube 🙂 It’s been 25 years and I can’t forget mine either…

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