Family is very important to both Caleb and I. The history, heritage, and legacy passed down from generations is an important thing to remember and to pass along to our own children. My Grandpa [who we now call “Grandad” for the sake of less confusion…”wait, which Grandpa are we talking about?”] turn 90 this year. He has lived through and learned much in his 90 years, and I treasure the wisdom he has to pass on to us. I love to hear him talk about his days as a pilot instructor for the Royal Canadian Air Force in England during WW2. The stories he can tell of people he met along his sales travels and the many places he has lived [Canada where he was born, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey to name a few] are fascinating to me.
My Grandma passed away in February, and I miss her dearly. I am thankful that she had the opportunity to hold and cuddle Viola, to see her grow and take her first steps and say her first words. Grandad wasn’t super interested in the baby stage [he loved her and would hold her, but she was kind of boring for him.] But now that she can interact with him, the two of them just absolutely adore each other! We picked Grandad up for church yesterday and when he came out to get in the car, Viola’s face lit up and she hollered, “Ganyad! Ganyad!” [Her version of Grandad.] All the way to church the two of them waved at each other and giggled and said “hi.” At home later, the two of them played with stuffed animals and read books and gave lots of kisses. I so enjoyed watching their interactions. Neither of them tired of their silly games and though there weren’t a lot of words exchanged, the love between them was evident and beautiful. I am so thankful for Grandad and who he is in our lives!
On a related note, I am incredibly excited to go to Minnesota in a couple of weeks. Viola will get to experience more wonderful interactions with great grandparents [she is blessed to still have 3 great grandparents living] as well as Grandma and Grandpa, lots of cousins, aunts, and uncles. It will be a wonderfully fun [and I’m sure hectic] time!