I just finished reading “The G.R.I.T.S. Guide to Life”. (Girls Raised In The South for those of you who don’t know.) It’s a great book, especially if you WERE raised in the south.
Unfortunately for me, it’s making me sad. It talks a great deal about families. Which in turn makes me think of my Grandma & Grandpa. I miss them so much. I’m wishing I had taken the time to learn more from them. Cooking from Grandma. She was the BEST! Grandpa liked to teach me about everything. He taught me how to change a tire and then told me to never do it myself. Always call AAA.
Grandma taught me love and compassion. She was the sweetest woman in the world and she loved unconditionally. Grandpa was strict and loved giving lectures, but it was only because he loved us so much. Oh, what I would give to hear one more lecture from him.
Together they were the best example of a loving marriage. Even after sixty years of marriage, it was so evident that they loved each other as much as they had when they got married, if not so much more!
During the visitation before Grandma’s funeral, I was sitting with Grandpa. I had just learned that Grandma had borrowed her wedding dress from one of Grandpa’s cousins. I’ll never forget the look in his eyes or the breaking of his voice as he told me “we didn’t have anything when we got married. All we needed was our love”.
They both had a huge soft spot for my sister and me. We were their only grandchildren. Grandma loved taking us places. Grandpa let us put curlers in his hair. They would let us lay in their bed and watch tv. They loved to hear us play guitar and sing. (Why didn’t I do that more?!)
My whole life I have been scared of losing my beloved grandparents. They have always been the light of my world. My mom has always told me how much she loves her Grandma and how much she misses her. (she cries every time) Now I know how she feels. And I know I’m gonna be the same way with my kids. I just wish my grandparents could’ve seen my future children. It breaks my heart that they won’t.
I miss them. I miss picking up the phone and knowing they will answer when I call them. I miss giving them hugs and kisses. I miss holding Grandma’s hand. I miss working with Grandpa. I miss going shopping with Grandma and then going home to put on a fashion show for Grandpa.
Cherish every moment you have with your loved ones. It’s never enough time.
More pictures of my beloved Grandma & Grandpa.