I want to dedicate this blog to my Grandma who is 82 today! For over 34 years she has been such a blessing to me, and even longer to our entire family. Her kindness and encouragement faithfully throughout the years has definitely contributed to who I am today. I will always remember the excitement I had as a young child when getting to go to her house, and the disappointment of having to leave! In that time of my life, there was nowhere else in the world that had as much food and love than grandma and grandpa’s house. I knew without a doubt that no matter what I did in this life, she would always be proud of me just because I am her granddaughter.
As I look back at Dalton with grandma (his great-grandma) throughout the years, and even now, I see the same joy on his face that I had as a child. Like me, he has come to realize that there is a never ending supply of great snacks, fun, and love. In addition, tears were not an option when with her as sadness would be turned into joy by any means necessary! I remember one time in particular when I was around 8 yrs. old. She took me, my brother, and my mom shopping as she always did every Friday night. This time she bought me a Beach Barbie, and it was the very first doll I ever got with sunglasses. I couldn't wait to open up the package when I got in the car, but my mom told me to wait until we get home because if I try to open the box I am going to break the glasses. Well, I decided I knew better and guess what I did? Yep, I broke the glasses. I started to cry and mom was not giving in and rightfully so; however, I soon learned the power my tears had with grandma as she stopped the car, went into the store and came out with another doll for me. Needless to say, my tears stopped!
I actually still have both of those dolls and every time I look at them I think of grandma’s love. It’s one of many memories of course, but I hold this memory dear to my heart because she gave me something I didn't deserve. Grandma may get accused of spoiling me, but she will never ever get accused of not loving me!
Thank you Grandma for who you are. I love you with all my heart.