|Myself, Mom, Dad, my daughter Megan|
I'm lucky enough to still have both my parents with me. They live only 3 miles from me, but yet if I see them every couple of weeks or so that's about it. my Mom especially has always had the philosophy that she wanted to stay out of her kids lives and if we needed her, we knew where to come to. I depended on them a lot when our daughter was young. My Mom took care of her from the time she was 5 and going to pre-school until she was old enough to be on her own. Besides us my parents were the ones who were with her the most. She has that special bond with them that every Grandchild should have with their Grandparents. I certainly had it with my Grandmother, who has been gone for many years now, but I think of her almost everyday and miss her terribly. Some of my most precious childhood memories were of spending time in the summer staying at her house. I can still see her sitting at the kitchen table in her apron teaching me how to macramé, or embroider, or letting me play with her jewelry. As Grandmas go, she was a perfect one in my eyes.
Sunday I had my parents over for dinner. It was my Dad's birthday during the week and We decided to make dinner and have them over. After dinner we sat at the table talking about my Dad's Mom who is in her 90's and living in an assisted living facility. Its not often I can get my parents to talk about the past, they tend to not share stories as easily as other families do, but on this day they shared a few about my Grandpa and Great Grandpa. My Grandpa died from cancer when I was a toddler, so the only recollection I have of him is from old 8MM film. My Mom said how my Great Grandpa used to come over everyday to get a peak at me when I was a baby.
At times I have to remind myself that my parents will not be around forever. I did not always have the best relationship with them. I know for a fact they will tell you I wasn't the perfect child. We probably had a pretty normal family life. We were lucky in that as a family we did so many things together. Snowmobile, camp. fish, going on yearly vacations, my parents saw to it that we had a good life.
So in my year of gratitude, I am first celebrating my parents and grandparents. Our parents shape us into what we become as adults. Grandparents are the ones who have the patience to teach us all kinds of things and love us even when we don't clean our rooms.
And I am grateful for them all.....