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February 9, 2007
My grandmother died last summer from ALS. She was a pious woman who went to church several times a week. When she was diagnosed, she kept saying, “God made a mistake.” Although God is infallible, clearly he got this one wrong.

My grandfather, her husband, is my only living grandparent now. He sent all of his grandchildren checks and cards for Christmas. All of the cards, except my youngest sister’s, had Barbie on the cover. Even my male cousin, Alex, received a Barbie card. My grandfather tries but my grandmother’s presence is missed. He noted that she was really something.