I was 26 years old when I lost my Grandpa H.
Grandpa K, Grandpa H
He was the first of my grandparents to pass away.
I was 34 years old when I lost my Granny H.
Granny H & one of her 17 great-children
She was the last of my grandparents to pass away.
I was lucky to have them with me for so long. I was lucky that they played a central role in my life from the day I was born until they left this world.
I was devastated when they were all gone. I still am.
Granny H, me & Grandma K
As I thought about it being Grandparent's Day today, I thought about what they meant to me over the years. They were my (and my sisters & cousins) biggest fans. I don't think I will ever experience the unconditional love like I did from them - especially my Grandpa K.
Grandpa K knew we were the smartest, prettiest, most athletic (my younger sisters, not me) girls around. He never said it, but we knew. I miss that.
I had a hard time putting my thoughts into words here tonight. So, I grabbed a pen and notepad and wrote a list of memories I have of my grandparents.
Spinning in granny's green chair until I was dizzy.
Putting on talent shows (actually my older sister & cousin played the Gong Show) in grandma & grandpa K's living room that made the floors bounce and the china in the cabinet rattle.
Making homemade Valentine's Day cards with paper doilies and stickers at granny's table.
Sitting on grandma's step at the farm watching dad go home for lunch (he forgot us sometimes).
Sneaking in grandma K's bedroom and eating M&Ms from a butter dish hidden in her underwear drawer. (What? Your grandma didn't keep M&Ms in her underwear drawer? Maybe she did and you just didn't find them!)
Learning what indian burns and "milking the mouse" meant when grandpa H tricked me into giving him my arm.
Finding a dollar bill in my birthday card from grandma & grandpa K each year.
Driving granny to the nursing home the summer when grandpa was in rehab from a broken hip.
Sitting on the porch with grandma & grandpa K just visiting.
Taking Chinese food to granny's for supper and leaving with a list of CDs she wanted.
Granny & Grandpa H and me
I still think about them daily.
I wish I could let them know how much I love them.
I wish I could go grab some M&Ms from grandma's underwear drawer.