Remembering Marion â€œWiggyâ€ Weathers Grassi
As I drove down Pinnacle Hill Road on my way from my house to UVLTâ€™s annual Â meeting site last Wednesday, the sun was just beginning to poke through a heavy bank of clouds. It seemed like it had been raining for days and there was more rain in the forecast. I thought of Wiggy Grassi.
I knew that Wiggy, a dear friend of mine and UVLTâ€™s, would be thrilled by the new sign and trail improvements at the Lyme Hill Conservation Area where our meeting was to be held. She would cheer for UVLTâ€™s accomplishments and welcome friends to our celebration. But while our activities were unfolding, Wiggyâ€™s life was ending.
I didnâ€™t meet Wiggy until she moved to Kendal and joined UVLT in the 1990â€™s. By then, her positive spirit was well established â€“ she shared happiness and beauty with everyone she met. On UVLTâ€™s Board, she was very smart and gracious, fun-loving and deeply committed. She was passionate about UVLTâ€™s work and equally caring of those who carried out the work. She was part of our family.
One particularly dreary winter, Wiggy and I met to talk about an upcoming UVLT event. I made a comment about the weather â€“ the kind of silly conversation filler folks are apt to exchange. Wiggyâ€™s response was gentle and sweet, but firm. She let me know that:
1) Winter is part of this place we love and itâ€™s beautiful
2) Whining about the weather (and complaining in general) is boring.
So, as I was driving down Pinnacle Hill Road last week, I was thinking that there might be rain at our Annual Meeting and how I could be glad for the hay crops growing by leaps each day, for the wetlands that hold and release moisture, for the forests of bright green. I could see the sparkles of precipitation on blades of grass, the ripples of drops on Post Pond. Take it in, enjoy it.
Wiggy lived each day I knew her with conscious appreciation. Her passion for land conservation was rooted in her love of life. Her 90+ years are a marvelous lesson in how to live.
Jeanie McIntyre, June 13, 2012