I WANT ONE. I want my own Grandma Rosa. You should want one too.
She has given her family such a gift: the gift of herself in their lives. She’s the keeper of all secrets. She is all of 91 years old and adorable and SASSY. And she loves telling stories! I was blessed to spend an evening at Grandma’s house while the family wrote down who’s who from precious photo albums. Her sweet house has every corner filled with importance. To most it might look like everyday clutter. It’s not. It’s organized stories in every nook; every magnet and match book comes with a narrative.
What made me fall in love was observing how everyone treated each other; with respect. With kindness and patience. Grandma may be telling a story everyone has heard 9 times before, but they laugh again anyway. Her family chooses to absorb what she has left to give them. They ask her questions of who’s in the pictures, but more importantly they listen. Then comes the occasional chuckle as she tells of her many male admirers. They love on her with the gift of their time; they value Grandma. Demonstrating this love to each other is most important while we are still all together. This hidden gem is being given to the youngest in the room. Little B has no idea yet, but one day she will be thanking Jesus for the family He placed her in.
Oh, thank you thank you for letting me glimpse into Grandma Rosa’s home. I might have cried a bit driving home. Happy tears, envious tears, hope in people tears.
Do you know your family’s history? Do you know who came before you? Some of us are basically paper orphans because no one kept records of who the people are in the pictures. I challenge you to find out. You may not think it’s urgent or necessary now, but one day you might. And when that one day comes, you will be grateful that you took the time now.