WELLINGTON Reuters#New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko has become the youngest winner of the LPGA's rookie of the year award in a season in which she has won
WELLINGTON Reuters#New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko has become the youngest winner of the LPGA's rookie of the year award in a season in which she has won twice
Death by Surprise Part 7
. As I turned the corner, I could see her in the distance, her back to me, walking up the street to her house. I started yelling.
“Nana, Nana,” but she couldn't hear me. I was too far away. I ran faster, yelling her name, trying to get her to hear me before she got to her house.
It's not strange that my mother would call on her mother to identify the body. Nana was the rock of our family. Nana was the strong one, who had seen the life and death of her own children. Nana always carried on, doing what was necessary when everyone else was falling apart. She would cry later, but not in the face of an emergency. She would act. She would be calm.
I finally got close enough for her to hear me and she turned around. I can only imagine now what she must have been thinking of me running up the road, yelling her name.
“Nana,” I gasped, “Gary is dead and my mother needs you.”
What a way to hear that your grandson is dead. But she didn't say anything. She just turned around and started walking with me back to our house. When we got there 2 officers were there with my mother.
In a blur my mother and agreed that she would go with the policemen to identify Gary's body, which was still at the Town Dock, waiting for someone to come identify went off in the police car and the rest of that day is unremembered.
But the next day I saw her picture on the front page of the Port Washington Times. The story of my brother's death ran with a picture of my grandmother, leaning over his body, only inches away from his face. Her vision wasn't that good and she had to get real close in order to identify my brother.
And she did get real close. And some photographer snapped her picture and put it on the front page of the paper.