These beautiful words were written by my oldest son, Blake. He loved his grandmother and their relationship was a very special bond. He read this at Mom’s funeral. (I’m so proud of him!)
A Life of Laughter
Becky Nunn, or as her grandchildren called her, Mamaw, loved to have fun. Although her location and eventually, physical health, changed, one constant that remained was her ability to make almost anything funny.
In our preschool years, a sleepover at Mamaw’s house meant rocking-chair lullabies and wild goose chases around the living room, complete with her comically screaming right behind us as we “ran for our lives.” Once she and Papaw moved to Florida, our visits with them were filled with countless excursions to the beach and rides on their golf cart, hardly ever going anywhere in particular but always enjoying each others’ company.
In 2005 Mamaw and Papaw returned permanently to the Carolinas, residing in a quaint Rock Hill home. This turned out to be an unfathomable blessing towards the end of Mamaw’s life. We were able to see her much more often. We spent many afternoons of quality time relaxing by her pool, followed by a meal of her famous macaroni & cheese and sweet tea. And of course, what was a visit to Mamaw’s house without watching at least a few minutes of Oprah.
On the way to school every morning, my dad gives me a pithy, inspirational phrase for the day; something to think about and live by as I go about my daily routine. Its content varies from well-known quotes to Biblical lessons. One morning while Mamaw was at our house, Dad asked her if she could provide my thought for that day. We waited for a moment, expecting her to tell us a profound statement accounting for years of wisdom. Instead, she remarked “Never do today what you can put off ‘till tomorrow!” before busting into her classic, hysterical laugh.
That’s the most substantial imprint Mamaw left on me: that even when obstacles arise that simply can’t be overcome, a positive, cheerful attitude can brighten any situation. It may not solve everything, but it sure will make it a whole lot better. Even during the most painful stages of her cancer journey, while watching American Idol she still cranked out plenty of humorous sarcastic remarks that rivaled anything Simon Cowell could ever criticize.
Mamaw’s infectious joy is what I’ll remember most about her and carry on with me from her legacy. She always brought an extra dose of laughter with her everywhere she went, making the most of every day and courageously persevering until the very end.