This was not how I expected this day to go.
I woke up feeling a little down with the news. I learned that my grandmother, the woman who helped start me on this path was nearing the end of hers. Hospice care was called for and she was to have an in-home aid for her passing.
This woman, who taught me so much, had been suffering from dementia for some time which had taken a sudden turn for the worse.
Little did we know how sudden or worse. She died less than an hour ago.
You may ask why I am writing this...because I need to grieve in my own way. I need to honor the woman who influenced me.
Verlyn Bruns was not only an amazing teacher but an amazing human. She loved fiercely and would call you out should you need it. When my sister and I were young, she was the one who initially took us on stage. In her living room is a framed article of her repairing the grand drape at the Rochester Civic Theatre with my sister and I playing on stage. She never missed a show I was in.
If you had met her, you would never forget her...nor would she let you.
She taught my family how important it is to believe in yourself. She taught me how to bake, and how to be a good host.
Mostly, she taught me the importance of loving your family and friends. The circle you keep is what holds you up in this world.
Like I said, this was not how I expected this day to go. Anna and I will be flying out to Minnesota to be with my family as soon as we can. I thank you all in advance for your love, support, and condolences.
Grandma, I am going to honor you every day. Thank you for you love and strength.
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