I am a lucky girl. A very lucky girl.
I was basically raised with two sets of parents…my parents and my grandparents…
I’ve always been close to my grandparents…and for that I feel most fortunate…there has never been an important event that they have missed in my entire life…ever…everything from proms to graduations to hospital stays to birthdays…they have always been there. (Like I said, I am one lucky girl.) I talk to them everyday…how many people get that chance? Not many, and I am grateful for it.
Recently we almost lost my grandpa…and I wasn’t handling it well. He’s so much a part of who I am…and has always been my loudest cheerleader…how could I possibly let him go? Especially without him knowing how important he has been to me and how influential he has been in my life. I couldn’t…and thankfully I didn’t have to.
But it did make me think a lot about the part that they have played in my life…my grandpa bought me my first sketch book (ok, my first 50 sketch books), and my first fashion books to sketch from, and my first camera (and then taught me how to use it). They also taught me how to drive a stick shift, use maps to take me where ever I wanted to go, how to plant tomatoes, and about my roots and where I came from.
I am not kidding when I say they are very literally a part of me…and I am thankful for them everyday. And I wanted them to know it so I decided that the best way to tell them was to put it down in writing…with a few drawings to, well, illustrate my point.
So I bought a photo journal and filled it with drawings of things they said, places we’ve gone, and favorite memories.
I also included some of the life lessons they have taught me…and how they’ve helped to shape me into who I am today.
After a lifetime of love, it wasn’t hard to fill the books.
And when I was finished I wrote each of them a letter and put that into the front page as well.
It didn’t cost a lot…and it wasn’t fancy…no layers of scrap booking and coordinating trims…just ink and water color and words….but now they know…I love them…with all my heart. It’s official. (It’s in writing anyways and that makes everything official!)
Sometimes I’m not sure those that we love best know just how much they are loved….and I need to work on being better at letting those people know…. because you never know…
Thank you everyone for stopping by and if you get the chance today, let someone you love know how much you love them.