Why would she call it that?
Her Last Stampede.
For three days, Audrey stopped eating, drinking, and communicating.
Then one morning, she woke up and looked at my mother and said, “Hi!” She asked what we were going to have for breakfast, and then we suddenly found ourselves jumping through hoops to hurry the heck up and make this woman something to eat! LOL!
We thought that when she fell into her state of “nothing”, that that was our cue for the final days.
But she had another plan.
After breakfast, she turned to my mother and said, “this is my last stampede.” My mother turned to me and asked, “What did she say?” My mother had a hard time understanding my grandmother at this point so I went to her to ask her to repeat herself.
When she did, my heart sank. I proceeded to bawl my eyes out, while Audrey looked deep into my soul and shook her head yes while casting a smile. I knew then, or at least I thought I did, that Audrey would go home within 24 to 48 hrs.
She took the time that day to tell my mother how much she loved her, and then spoke to me about how much she loved me for taking such good care of her. I told her that I would do it all over again, a thousand times if I needed to.”
You know, I thought I learned a lot when I quit my job to pursue my dream…but what this lady has taught me, I will carry with me for a life time!
About a year ago, I found this inspirational message that read, “You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
With every ounce of my body, I believe that message. I’ve now lived it.
Later that night, Audrey ate some cabbage & noodles for dinner, and by the next morning she had returned to her state of no water, food, or communication.
After the first week had passed, what I did discover was that Audrey wasn’t trying to say that she was leaving…
What she was trying to say, was that this would be the last time we would ever be able to communicate.
By week 2, I had started to sleep in my mother’s wingback chair just so we could hold hands. From time to time she would open her eyes and I would get so excited I was jumping around! LOL! I spent so much time watching her sleep and reflecting on all the things that I learned from her.
I haven’t posted in a while just because I’ve been glued to her side, but I knew there would come a day when I would write this post. After we started week 3, my heart was beginning to ache for her. Before she stopped talking, she would beg God to take her…and I would whisper in her ear that God would bring her home when the party was all set up and ready to go:)
Last night at around eight o’clock, something spoke to me to begin writing this post. And that’s when I knew…my mother asked me what I was doing, and I told her. She had this look in her eyes, and asked if I “knew” something.
You see, God blessed me with something very special…a very strong and deep intuition.
I got about half way through this post, and my brain just stopped. I went to bed, and my mother woke me up at 2:30 a.m. to tell me that my grandmother had passed away.
You wanna hear something crazy…I moved into my mother’s house on October 9, 2015. My grandmother passed away exactly five months later, today, on March 9, 2016.
But it gets even better…she will be buried this Friday, March 11th.
That’s my birthday.
I will never forget her. And every time that I celebrate my birthday, I will always think of her.
I kissed her forehead before they took her this morning. I told her to give my grandfather a big hug & kiss from me! He died in 1974, so he been waiting a long time to see her:)
Meet the Hummel’s: My Grandfather, Audrey, my Mother (red dress), and my Aunt Dianna.
She’s gonna have one hell of a party up there, and she loved to dance!
So, you dance grandma…your free!
Audrey’s Granddaughter, Cindy Thomas;)