Thursday, July 5, 2007

"The Troll and Me"

This woman married her High School Sweetheart only to lose him to his stubborn Irish Pride and TB at the early age of 31. Leaving behind 7 children.......there were only 5 when he was first diagnosed but oh those weekend visits home provided 2 more mouths to feed as if they could afford that......but love does find a way. Shortly after my Grandfather Emmett Brennan passed away my Fathers family was accepted into Mooseheart. It is a place for second chances all due to the wonderful order of the moose clubs.

This woman knows heart break.........she's buried her oldest son my father Mike, her second oldest son Emmett and her first born daughter Ann.....my Father due to the hold of that almighty bottle, and my Aunt and Uncle to Cancer....now she has to live with mine...we tell her things slowly, she has lost her sight due to Macular Degeneration a few years earlier, but don't let her fool ya...she can take ya down at 2 feet! lol

She's  lost her fair share of grand babies and great grand babies too. She is our rock, our matriarch and she is in high demand when it comes to family gatherings. We are everything bad and good about your a typical Catholic Irish family.

In the end....it REALLY is all about family, who you love and who loves you back...thank God I got that early...I didn't need cancer to show me that.


This is one proud Great Great Grandma! 7 kids, 18 grandchildren ,33 great grand children and 1 great great grand child....where ever we go it's party! lol lol lol This is the author of all "THE TELLINGS" she shares family stories with us for us to pass down from generation to generation...I'm surprised at how many times someone WASN'T arrested! lol Although a whole generation 3 Brennan Brothers kinda left Nova Scotia without time to pack..........We still never figured out what happened up there but all 3 left in a a hurry and married the 3 Cavanaugh Sisters....mi vida loca baby....for sure!




She's smashing the hell out of my new boob.......can you say OUCH!!!!!!!! lol


57 comments:

sunnyside46 said...

She looks like she has some stories to tell...and you are doing fine carrying on that tradition
Love
Marti

canyonsun04 said...

LMAO @ boob smashing. What a wonderful entry :)
hugs
Ang

ktkamanski said...

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missy92980 said...

Isn't it wonderful to have someone like that in your life?  It is wonderful that your family has someone like that.  :D  Oh, and that boob smashing does look a bit painful! LOL

mariebm56 said...

Lovely tribute to an amazing woman, who has survived her share of heartaches~
Marie

ladyvictoriak said...

Wow, what a great person to have in your life that is a shining example of how to persevere.  How lucky you are.  Thanks for sharing your grandma with us.  Viki

ab45yui said...

As I read what you were writing, I was thinking of my grandmother.  She is all those things too to me, she is now 96.  We lose her a bit more with each day to dementia and its cruel, but at the same time I feel so blessed to be able to call her "my grandma".  Great entry.

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astoriasand said...

Wonderful you keep a tight hold on to one another and keep living the crazy life (vida loca) LOL!! You are both warriors and great ones too.Take Care God Bless KATH
astoriasand http://journals.aol.co.uk/astoriasand/MYSIMPLERHYMES

ajquinn354 said...

Your grandmother is one special woman who has dealt with a lot in her life but, remained strong and conquering....that's indeed a special woman and how blessed you are to have her with you Kim.  I see a resemblance in the two of you in your picture.  Cherish every moment you share with her....you are indeed blessed..Arlene (AJ)

lisa41076 said...

Kim, what a great tribute to your grandmother !!!!!!! Hugs to you Lisa

klconard1 said...

Wow -- a terrific entry!
loving you
karyl

kirkbyj05 said...

Do you know Kim...it is all about family....isn't it? I drove my ex-sister-in-laws grandson Sonny to her house the other day and we had a great old conversation going on in the car.  He was the instigator, not I.  He was a real little chatter box. And he's only five!  But apart from asking me my age and how much did myc ar cost, he will be a candid reporter one day lol!.... all he talked about was his Nan, and the songs she sang to him and did I know any of them?  When I said not all the way through, he said proudly "My Nan does". And proceeded to sing what she taught him.  How cool was that?  His Nan had a mastectomy just weeks after my operation.  So time is precious.  But she will go on in his mind in years to come because of her influence.   Just like your Grandma.  She has been the lynch pin of all that has revolved in your family's saga.  Love and 'Power' to her.  May she live as long as Methuselah.  You too Angel.    Hugs   Jeanie xx

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sybilsybil45 said...

What a wonderful woman your Mother is. It is easy to see where you get your warrior spirit from.  Keep smiling and loving...Much Love Sybil x

lanurseprn said...

I'd love to hear some of her "tellings."
Pam

randlprysock said...

Hope you had a great 4th!
Lisa

princesssaurora said...

Oh!!!  What a wonderful story and picture!  You are so blessed!!!  Obviously your strength has a long history!

be well,
Dawn
http://journals.aol.com/princesssaurora/CarpeDiem/

mawmellow said...

After all these years, I'm glad I FINALLY got to meet Grandma !

dwhee70041 said...

Kim,
What more could a man ask for, a picture of two beautiful women.  It is so good to finally see you grand mother.
Smiles to you on this beautiful day.
David

shoot4mephoto said...

Your a nut!!!  LMAO.....OMG "She's smashing the hell out of my boob" can you say ouch!!!!  You are too funny!!!  Im from a HUGE Catholic-French family and my dad is IRISH..... too funny...You are truly a "Warrior" in so many ways...
:)
LOVE
Lisa

oddb0dkins said...

A grand lady, thanks for letting me meet her. B. x

shauneenie said...

What a treasure to have this photo and the memory.....it IS all about family...Thanks Kim for sharing Grandma!(LMAO @ your humour yr sooo funny!!)

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nelishianatl said...

I love this photo.  I love this history.  Still laughing about her not knowing she was crushing your boob!  This picture should be framed or at least prints made for everyone in your family who wants one.  Invaluable.  Precious and priceless.

Nelishia

http://journals.aol.com/nelishianatl/WishingandHoping/

stupidsheetguy said...

What an amazing woman. I immediately thought of Rose Kennedy and the tragedy she dealt with all her life. As sad as her story was, it never stopped her from carrying on with incredible dignity and strength, much the way your Grandma is. And from what I know about you, that strength was passed on to one particular Granddaughter.

I'm catching up with your Journal today, and you're some great Lady

frankandmary said...

She'd be honored. Loved & appreciated enough for a tribute like this, even after crushing a boob. Your love knows no bounds. ~Mary

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jckfrstross said...

what a great entry:)

Deb

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shoot4mephoto said...

Kim,
 I know we share the same passion for photography... :)
Have you ever considered photographing your  "Great-Great grandma in black and white? She is so beautiful and she just has that sense of style and look for a nice b+w pic....
:)
XOXOXOXOX
Lisa

cgtperkins said...

I love the entry. Your GGmother is very pretty. SHe looks absolutely full of life and herself!! LOL I laughed so hard about your boob.....sorry!! Have a great day.
Hugs
Carrie

pharmolo said...

A great tribute to a great lady, Kim

astaryth said...

What a wonderful lady.... Now how about some 'tellings'??? <g>

inafrnz247 said...

Wow...  What a blessing ~ a gift ~ for all of you to still have her with you.  That's one tough cookie!  (guess it runs in the family, huh?  ;-)  )

Love,
Chelle

rgossett4195 said...

Mooseheart is a wonderful place.  Your grandmother is beautiful!  We all have our share of stories to tell of course!  btw Kim you look great!  rose~

tendernoggle said...

awwwwwwww.....I love her already!!!! I wish I could get a hug...I just know she gives great hugs!!!
You look beautiful Kim...It always amazes me that you always look so beautiful, no matter how sick you have been.
love ya,
carlene

mutualaide said...

We've lost that generation in our family -- all gone now.  Do you think you could share?  'Cause she looks like we could all use her wisdom and life lessons ...

plieck30 said...

Love the picture and I know her stories would be interesting. I have lots of double cousins that way too. Three in one family married three in another. Paula

thegirlnexdoor77 said...

She sounds like a keeper just like you...owie on the new boob!  Hope you have a great rest of the week!  Hugs and prayers!  TerryAnn

stepjammer said...

What a lovely story and picture.  Thank you for sharing.

wwfbison said...

She is lovely, very nice story & picture. I really enjoyed this entry.  Thanks!
Lisa
http://journals.aol.com/wwfbison/life-on-a-bison-farm

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cste609371 said...

what a wonderful picture, i do so miss my Merere... Have a great trip, bootlegger, lolololo,  have fun, you look great!  Cheryl from Mass...

irenemaeclark said...

Great family pictures Kim!  Isn't it great to have such family support!  Through the strength that God provides you can do what you gotta do.  May He empower you to heal and may he add many, many years to your life.  Peace.

mumma4evr said...

My grandfather is from Nova Scotia......last nname was Nickerson!!!

She does look like a strong woman!!!

Becky

heavenlybama said...

I love this post!  She is a beautiful lady!
Hugs,
D
http://journals.aol.com/heavenlybama/journey-to-success

ceilisundancer said...

Ouch!  But, she sounds great:)  I'm glad you have that rock, and that spirit, too.  

beckiepainton said...

What a lovely woman, and nice boob by the way!Beckiexx

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bookncoffee said...

What a neat granny.  LOL on the boobsmash.  You are so funny.
Sonya

fasttrack58 said...

I'm sure she is where you got your strength from... an amazing woman....
Linda :)

sdoscher458 said...

Strong willed lady, we had two in the family a lot like her. I always thought of them as "my kick ass grandmoms!" Lol, now I'm one. I love the stories that you have told through her, it's great to pass that amount of love onto the younger generation. It makes memories that will always live...love you...Sandi

dornbrau said...

I'll be honest Kim, I don't want cancer, and I don't envy you one iota, but damn girl, you make bald sexy!

lolliepop9828 said...

yes i can see the pain in you boob crushingness. you are such a strong person. stay strong and believe in God... he will guide you through all of your troubles

pprrrr39 said...

What an amazing lady  :o)

Jayne