I have thought a lot lately about my grandparents. My grandmother passed away a year ago and my grandpa has spent a very lonely year without her. I am so thankful for him and his example of love and endurance. My grandpa loves my grandma unconditionally and to him, she is the world. I so admire his adoration of her and for who she was. My grandparents met at the age of 14 and 15, married a few years later and spent 70 years of marriage together. Thinking of my own teenage children and trying to look down the road 70 years, I marvel at the thought of having a best friend for that amount of time. My grandparents did everything together, raised their four children, worked a business, traveled the world (quite literally), gardened, cheered on the Jazz, and so many other things. I miss my Grandma and think of her often. She was a great lady who was complete class. She was fun and proud and lovely right to the end of her life here. I think Grandpa Jay is a wonderful and amazing man and I am truly thankful for him and his example. I hope that we will think of the elderly people in our lives more often and take the lessons that they have to teach us to heart.
1 year ago