Thinking Pink...and of Grandma Vi

Porter and I never knew our Grandma Vi.  She died of breast cancer shortly after our parents married.  Craving home after the loss, mom convinced dad to leave New York and move back to her hometown, Lincoln, Nebraska.  A couple years later, I was born and Porter, a few after that...both raised with stories of Vinona Mae (her antics with her sisters, her way around a farm fresh Thanksgiving dinner, her perfect hands...and one grand tale of escape to a roadside bar (with the children)).  It broke our mom's heart that we never got to meet this firecracker.  

So, ladies, Think Pink and get those mammograms.  We all need time as something more than wonderful stories for our sons, daughters and grandkids.  


  1. Hollister - a lovely tribute - thanks so much.

  2. Leciawp says:

    Lovely post. I have had breast cancer twice and posted today about my personal experience.

  3. Sorry to hear, but thanks for spreading the reminder.

  4. jezebel says:

    Hollister, I was literally just thinking about doing up a similar post. Personally, it means so much to me that you've chosen to do so in such a warm, witty, and wise way.

  5. Anonymous says:

    not trying to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but there's studies that show that mammograms could be dangerous. Exposing oneself to intense radiation to find tumors seems like a self fulfilling prophecy. just something to think about.

  6. tintin says:

    I love your post. The longing for someone long gone can be so sad and so wonderful.

  7. jessica says:

    Hi -

    I had a grandma Vi too. I was thinking about her tonight (she died in 1998) - and decided to google "Grandma Vi" . . . . when I saw a bunch of blog posts pop up - I thought I'd leave a message. My Grandma Vi was great! She died of a form of Leukemia - not breast cancer. Want you to know I am doing the Susan Komen 3 Day Walk this month. Sorry you never got to meet your Grandma Vi - she sounds like a remarkable woman. Thanks for letting me post a comment . . .