Maya’s letter to Santa. Let’s just say no now.
My Granny, my dad’s mom, turned 100 this year, in July. We had a huge party for her at my parents’ house to mark the occasion with family and friends. It was really lovely, and she had a wonderful time. 100 is a huge milestone, as I’m sure anyone would agree. And aside from just reaching this milestone, Granny has been in remarkable health, even still living in her own home.
This past week, though, she wasn’t doing so well. Enough so that she told my dad if he wanted to take her to his house to spend the night, she wouldn’t object (if you know Granny, this is a big deal). She was worse the next day, so they took her to the hospital, and later determined she had a blood clot that was cutting off circulation to her legs. The choice wasn’t a hard one to make, even with the risks of surgery for someone her age – do surgery to remove the clots now, or do surgery in a week or two to amputate her legs. Her heart was strong, and her overall health good otherwise, and everyone knows that if we waited and had to amputate, that would be more than she could handle. So they removed the clot. And she came through surgery beautifully.
But, complications sometimes arise, as we know they do, and another clot got loose after surgery, causing a heart attack. On December 11th, we lost Granny. Though no one can really be shocked given her age, knowing her, her personality, and how feisty she was, it still came as a complete shock.
Sami and I flew in for the funeral services, leaving the kids in Houston (and a big thank you to Sara and Mario for assisting us with that process). It was sad to say goodbye, but I was so happy she had been able to see everyone so recently at her party.
Lucille Claire Achee Spadafora
July 7, 1915-December 11, 2015
Maya’s big performance of Eloise in New York (her dance school’s version of The Nutcracker) was today at St. John’s. She looked so adorable, and did her part well. Then we needed family photos.
Claire’s School of Dance, where Maya takes classes, does its annual Nutcracker performance as a mash-up of the Eloise story and Nutcracker – similar elements, some traditional music, some not. Mostly barefoot. It’s interesting. Maya participated for the first time this year, as a best friend. She really did a good job and we are very proud of her.
Maya has been taking karate at St. Rose this year. I’m not sure if she really likes it or not, but she goes. They had their first tournament of the year, pairing the kids up with someone who had a little more experience/skill. Maya’s team won first place! Go, Maya!