As it turns out my Mom wants a copy of my post to be at the funeral tomorrow. My sister Terra added additional memories.
We had to skip out on the wake. The small town has a fall festival going on. Only 5 hotel rooms were available due to a cancellation. My Mom, my Aunts and my cousin coming from a ways away need the rooms. My Grandpa is staying with his brother that lives there.
My sister Terra reminded me that Grandma always had hard candy that she offered to us in the car. Her favorites were coffee candy and rootbeer cany.
I bought something I haven't bought in years (hard candy, the coffee kind to be exact) just to bring for the funeral. It's not the same brand that she used to buy. I wasn't going to drive all over town looking for candy. I'll offer one to my cousins. We'll see if they remember Grandma's coffee candy. We're the older cousins, so I'm not sure what the others will remember.
As far as coffee candy goes, people either love it, or hate it. Like I said, I just don't buy that kind of stuff, but I have had it and I love it. Maybe I love it because it reminds me of Grandma. Maybe I loved it as a kid because I felt like a grown up having coffee candy instead of coffee the drink. It was a sophisticated treat for a kid.
So what do you do to remember people? Do you look at old photos, read old letters, stash thing that they used to have, or something else?