For whatever reason my grandfather called her Pete, her name was Pauline. I think it's incredibly sweet and the fact that it stayed with her 35 years after his death is a testament to their love. She made it a point to tell me at any point that he was the only man she had ever been with, I am happy that they are reunited.
She held on to her faith for dear life, while she lived in Florida she spent every day at the local soup kitchen and the City of Melbourne even had a day dedicated to her. She never missed mass on Sunday, even if the only service she could get to was entirely in Latin. Being "that Catholic" comes with its guilt too, she spent the past almost 20 years praying my aunt out of purgatory since dieing of AIDS would not allow you into heaven without being prayed in. She also spent the last 10 years praying my father in because of his past indiscretions. Now that burden has been lifted and she can see that they are all able to spend eternity together.
She pronounce potato 'padado' which I loved. Though she was born in Quebec she no longer spoke French, she had to forgo high school to move to the US and work in the textile factories in my hometown. She would cry when talking about how blessed we were to have an education, if she was ashamed of anything it was her lack of education.
She was so proud of her grand kids, she was always the loudest one cheering at my brother's basketball games. When I went home when TC was 4 months old she just cold not get enough of watching me be her mom. She even watched from right over my shoulder while I nursed, there is not one other person in the world that I would allow to be that close.
I knew she wouldn't be around forever, grandparents never are. While she hasn't been herself for over a year it's hard to believe that's she's actually gone. I want to go home but for the services but would have to take both kids by myself and I just can't do that. It's heartbreaking to miss this. If for nothing else but to put a smile on my face here are some pictures of "Crazy Pete".