It was great to drive up to Lake Tahoe to scatter my grandmother’s ashes. My father and I drove up to the cabin before all of the others arrived to help prepare for the arrival of the rest. I was excited to see snow on the side of the highway and on the top’s of the mountains. Lake Tahoe is just as beautiful as I remember it.
The majority of the family was able to gather for this event. It is clear from this picture that we all enjoyed our time together. I am so thankful that I was able to take a week off and travel from Brasil for this precious weekend.
There were a couple of times this weekend where we had to make sure that we had grandma’s ashes to scatter. This time I caught my cousin’s husband, Justin, checking to see that the ashes were in the box.
Over 5 years ago our family scattered my grandfather’s ashes in Lake Tahoe and this weekend we were able to scatter grandmother’s ashes to join his in the lake. After my father scattered the ashes into the lake we were able to take some time and share some memories of grandma with each other. What I shared was a phrase that I always remember my grandmother sharing, “Try to learn something new each day.” This speaks to her desire for knowledge and how she knew so much even without ever going to college and moving to the United States after marrying my grandfather when she was 19. I have tried to emulate her by learning at least one new thing each day. I was touched by all of the other memories that was shared by the other family members. It was a very emotional time.
I really enjoyed getting spending time with the family. There were multiple children running all around and the adults had a great time playing cards and chatting. My grandmother would have really enjoyed seeing the entire family spending time like this together.