This Mother’s Day, I’m thinking about not only my mom, Beazy, but also about my one-in-a-million grand mom, Nana! Both will be celebrating the day in Heaven. I hope — since we know there will be no sadness, carb-counting or keto-craziness in heaven — they will celebrate the day with one of Nana’s killer six-layer chocolate cakes! Is that cake making your mouth water right now, too?

One of my family’s favorite traditions is to stir up an email conversation among the whole family on special days. On Mother’s Day, for example, Cousin Drew might start the day with a story about Nana’s steel magnolia-ish approach to getting home projects accomplished. “While you’re on your feet…” Nana would begin. And then: Could you possibly clean out the gutters? Knock down the cob webs? Paint the guest room?

Another family member might “reply-all” with a story about Nana dressed in her starched white uniform (and hat!) on her way to work. She was a Nursing Supervisor at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, but her proudest chapter was serving as a private duty nurse for baseball legend, Ty Cobb. I can guarantee you his room didn’t have any cob webs while Nana was his nurse!

In the email chain, there might be a grand kid’s memory about spending a solo night at Nana’s sweet cottage house, nestled in her dreamy soft pink sheets. At her house, you could order whatever you wanted for breakfast, and stay up late to watch Hank Aaron and the Atlanta Braves.

This Mother’s Day, I’m thinking about stirring up some Nana story treasures via our family email. What if somebody could recreate that six-layer slice of Heaven?!

Thanks for the sweet memories, Nana, #GoBraves!

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Beth Marshall

Beth Marshall is a freelance journalist, speaker and author of two grief-related books. Grief Survivor, 28 Steps toward Hope and Healing; and A Time to Heal, a grief journal. After losing three close people in her life, Beth felt crushed and overwhelmed by the intense emotions of grief. As she began to write about her "uniquely awesome" family members, Marshall eventually began to smile again- and even laugh. Her hope is to help others discover joy-filled life after loss.

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