Home Town star Erin Napier's grandmother has passed away. On Monday, Napier shared the news to Instagram with a touching tribute. She posted two sepia-toned photos of her grandparents when they were younger. In one photo, the couple is standing on a shore, water surrounding their ankles and waves crashing behind them. The other photo shows them dressed more formally, standing in a wooden doorway.
"My sweet grandmother went to heaven today," Napier wrote in the caption. "My grandfather passed in 2001, and for 19 years she lived without him. I’m so happy that he’s shouting “here she comes!” today, even if my heart is broken for us without her. My Mother Goose. ❤️"
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My sweet grandmother went to heaven today. My grandfather passed in 2001, and for 19 years she lived without him. I’m so happy that he’s shouting “here she comes!” today, even if my heart is broken for us without her. My Mother Goose. ❤️ “I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone.” Gone where? Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side. She is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me -- not in her. And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone," there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!" — Luther F. Beecher
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In the caption, Napier also added the poem "Gone From My Sight" likely written by Reverend Luther F. Beecher. (The poem has also been attributed to Henry Jackson Van Dyke.) When Napier wrote that she's happy her grandfather is shouting, "Here she comes!" she referenced the ending of the poem: "Her diminished size is in me—not in her. And, just at the moment when someone says, 'There, she is gone,' there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, 'Here she comes!'"
On her Instagram Story, Napier shared a photo of her wearing her grandmother's ring. "Just aquamarine and 12k gold," she captioned the picture. "But so precious to me."
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