Andrea Mowry is a very popular designer of beautiful knitted items. I love her designs and receive her newsletter. This morning she had a newsletter in my inbox where she was introducing a new pattern, Ginny, but she was talking about the influence and memories of her grandma who has now passed away. There’s a bit about her grandma on the pattern blurb but the newsletter had more info, and left me in tears . . happy tears.
You’ve read on here many times about the positive influence and great memories I have of my grandma. We all have only a certain amount of time here but we have even less time to make a positive influence and create memories with our grandchildren, or, really, with anyone. Most of us will not be remembered by anyone except a very few who were closest to us.
Andrea’s words this morning re-affirmed for me that having a place in MO where Addie and I can spend quality time together, where we can do crafty things, cook, play games, laugh, stay up late and sleep late on weekends and most of all . . make memories.
Some days I may only pick her up from school, then Nicole will come and get her when she gets off work about an hour later; some days she will spend the night with me; some days I may not see her at all, depending on their schedule but that’s how it is with grandparents who live near their grandkids . . even though technically, I won’t be living there.
I understand not everyone has great memories of their grandparents and I feel very blessed to have had the grandparents I had. I want Addie to some day look back and say the same thing.
By the way, her other grandparents are wonderful too. They live close, less than 15 minutes away, live on 40 acres, have chickens, dogs, cats, rabbits, and Addie is very close to them. Nicole’s mom and I are totally different. She doesn’t cook or knit but she does all kinds of fun things I don’t do. She loves doing pretend dress up and the creative things I don’t like to do. Nicole told me that when she and her sister were young, for holidays, even the ones we don’t really go all out for – like President’s Day, her mom would make them costumes – dress them up like George Washington or something and they’d wait out by the mail box for her dad to come home from work. Nicole has fun memories of things she did with her mom and Addie will have a lot of those same type memories from time spent with her Nana!
As I write this post, I know how fortunate I am to be able to spend the time with Addie and I understand not everyone is able to do that, for a variety of reasons. I am blessed and I hope I never forget that and never fail to appreciate it.