Cliff Sims, a writer for Yellowhammer, has shared a personal and touching moment about his Grandmother Billie Breland. She passed away after 60 years of marriage, and loved her husband very much.
Plz pray for my granddad, who lost his wife of 60+ years. Here they were in 1954 on their wedding day. What a legacy pic.twitter.com/H1kfOJeRqb
— Cliff Sims (@Cliff_Sims) January 14, 2015
Sims explains how she once broke her hip and never fully recovered. She was also 83 and preparing to pass away:
But shortly after she and my grandfather (Grandaddy, Jimmy Breland) returned home to Cleveland, Miss. after spending Thanksgiving with the rest of the family here in Birmingham, Ala., she took a fall and broke her hip. The surgery went well, but the unfamiliarity with her surroundings in the rehab facility exacerbated her memory loss. She was often confused, even having trouble recognizing longtime friends. She also began experiencing occasional fainting spells the doctors called “syncope,” but we remained optimistic that a return to the familiar surroundings of home and her beloved crossword puzzles would help her come out of it.
Once she did, the family found something extraordinary she left behind in her husband’s checkbook. Here is a picture of it:
If you can’t read her handwriting, the note says:
“Please don’t cry because I died!
Smile because I lived!
Know that I’m in a happy place!
Know that we will meet again!
I will see you there!”
Sims has no idea when she wrote it. He explained, “[T]his one wasn’t for her, it was for my Grandaddy, and it perfectly sums up the hope and comfort that comes with knowing you’ll meet again in eternity.”
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