Thankful for my Grandmother

Well, I certainly didn't intend to take such a long hiatus from my blog, but a lot has happened in the last three weeks.  Where do I begin... first, the sad news.

My grandmother, Althea Monroe, passed away on November 12th.  She was an amazing artist and someone I was very close to.  I drove down from Boston visit on a weekend before her health deteriorated, and was able to call her and say goodbye a few days prior to her passing.  So, I feel very lucky and thankful I got to share those few last moments with her.

I painted this Rifle Paper Co. inspired palette for her funeral. As an artist, it seemed like a fitting way to tribute her.

“You can shed tears that she is gone, 
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, 
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, 
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”

David Harkins

Marie Frei

One Carry-On is a blog managed by Marie Frei, a travel expert and photographer with a passion for exploring off the beaten path locations. The blog covers honest and personal stories about living and traveling as an American abroad, shares her global appreciation for culture and design, and promotes traveling to far-flung destinations with a carry-on as fun, affordable, and easy.