It's almost a year since my dear Grandma passed away.
Her anniversary is in five days.
I think about her often, and I still get a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes when I do.
Last week when we drove passed the nursing home that used to be home for her, my Nan and my uncle, I had to hold back tears under my sunglasses...as none of them live there anymore.
I miss my Grandma, who I felt a close affinity to, very much.
But I was very fortunate to be given something of hers after she died.
Something very special.
When I was engaged (for the second time) I chose a white gold engagement ring.
I'd always admired Grandma's, and when I was engaged the first time, in the early 90s, white gold was not popular.
In 2001, however, it was everywhere and I was thrilled with my stunning ring.
I remember seeing Grandma not long after and we compared our engagement rings.
I told her I always loved her ring and I loved having something similar to hers.
She explained that her wedding ring was new because her original one was almost worn through.
She told me Grandfather said when he gave it to her, "Here, see if you can wear this one out."
So, when my Mum called a few weeks after Grandma's funeral to say that she and her sister had decided Grandma's engagement ring should go to me, her eldest granddaughter, I cried.
Tears of joy.
I always hoped to have her ring, one day, but I thought Mum or my aunt would keep it first.
It's a strange thing to want something like that because of course I'd much rather have my Grandma here with us. But now that she is gone, it is such a comfort to wear it on my own hand.
I often rub the ring when I'm feeling sad, or worried, or nervous.
It makes me feel connected to her still.
Grandma & Grandfather were married in 1945, so the ring is a gorgeous vintage style that I adore.
It's a small ring.
I have no idea of its monetary value.
And I don't really care.
Its sentimental value is priceless.
I've been trying to write this post for a year.
Thank you to Naomi from Diva Mum for the inspiration.
I'm linking up with her today, click here to see.