What I Learned About 'Legacy' After Losing My Grandmother

September 1, 2014 2:08 PM

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There's this song I know from when I was little called "By the Beautiful Sea." I haven't thought about it in a long time, not until this past week when I was jumping a wave in the Atlantic Ocean and noticed the keen absence of my grandmother, who died a little over a year ago.

I have a big family, and right after she passed we were all like cookies fresh out of the oven: supposedly ready, but soft, and vulnerable, and easily squished. The first few months saw us gathering and stretching ourselves to patch up the holes formed by what she used to do for us, how she used to ...

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