My sweet grandmother passed away this month having reached the ripe old age of 95 and 1/2 years old. Having been the caretaker of her residence (fix-its, lawn mowing, raking leaves, picking fruit, setting up quilting frames, fixing vacuums, and occasionally chauffering her to the doctor) for the duration of my high school and college years, there will be a notable presence missing from Herbert Avenue. Armed with our faith, it wasn't a sad affair- more like a time to ruminate on how one good person can humbly bring about great things. Amber and I would be remiss without noting the passing of this incredible person in our lives.
Some months ago I asked her what the greatest advice she could give me for life. Without hesitation she quipped "Don't take offense!" There wasn't much more to it, and we moved on talking of other things, but it has stuck with me. There is great stores of wisdom in close to one hundred years of life on this earth, but that truly is a gem to focus on. Simple and profound.
So, take some time with your Grandparents. Set aside a regular weekly task that weaves you into their lives. You'll hear the same stories over and over, but if you start really listening you'll hear different nuances that you can learn from.
I hope I can keep life simple and good enough to have a long full life like her! We love you V.G.!