It's been 6 years since I last saw my darling nanny.....this day will always be 'GiGi' day and we usually spend it together as a family, having afternoon tea somewhere really nice......but this year we are on holiday, my parents are on holiday and so we are all seperated today, but I can bet we are all feeling the exact same way.
Our GiGi was THE most amazing woman and a huge part of our lives. She got her new name GiGi when I had my daughter 21 years ago, my mum became nanny to Charley and we didn't want to confuse Charley by calling my nan 'nanny' too......so as she was now a great grandma we called her GiGi for short. It stuck and suited her very well, and I think secretly she loved having a special name created for her.
GiGi was the most patient, loving, kind and caring person I've ever met. I have never ever heard her say one bad word about anyone, I'm sure over her time she must have run across someone who drove her nuts but she would never say anything bad about them, she lived by the old saying 'if you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all'......when I was younger I used to stay with her and go to work with her, wouldn't be allowed now with Health and Safety rules, but we had great fun. She was the first person to take me in black cab in London and I thought she was richer than the Queen, we had many an escapade - getting lost in Topshop on Oxford Street and not being able to find our way out, taking a different exit out of Wimbledon Park and taking about 2 hours to find our way home, she never once let on we were lost, told me we were exploring.....it was only when she came across the church where I was christened did she breath a sigh of relief and say 'oh we're here, thats good'......she baked the most delicious 'Daisy' cakes, so called because her name was Daisy, they were perfect and very yummy.......she loved us all fiercely, looked after us wonderfully and encouraged us in everything we did :)
I still miss my GiGi everyday and would give anything to sit and have afternoon tea with her in the sunshine, putting flowers in her hair and just soaking in her loveliness.
You left a huge hole in our family GiGi.......love you forever xx