An Open Letter to My Great-Grandma

An Open Letter to My Great-Grandma

Because I'm blessed to get to know you.
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Not all of us are lucky enough to know our great-grandparents, but I was. And every single day I thank God that I have the chance to know you. To really know you. To talk to you, have you there when I graduated high school, and to have you here cheering me on throughout my college career. But there are a few things you've taught me that I want to say thank you for, so here we go.

Thank you for letting me eat cereal at every meal. Whether it was breakfast, lunch or dinner, cereal was always acceptable. I use that more than anything now that I'm in college. When cafeteria food just doesn't look or taste good, cereal is always my go too. And ice cream too, but we don't tell mom and dad how often you let me have that.

Thank you for showing me that it was okay not to always be a lady. For so long you did everything for yourself. You gardened, you mowed, and you took care of the house. I truly think it's because you showed me it was okay to be like one of the boys that I am the way I am. Able to get down, dirty, and talk with the guys.

Thank you for teaching me how to bake. Making cookies with you are some of my best memories. That same bowl, the same ingredients, and always eating more dough than we should (no matter how bad it may be for us). And for showing me how to portion size with a regular spoon. I actually used that a few weeks ago.

Thank you for the passion for Iowa football. One of my earliest memories is of you screaming at the TV during a Hawkeye game and it scared the crap out of me. I remember dad telling me that as long as I didn't stand in front of the TV that you wouldn't be yelling at me, just the guys on the screen. It sounds a lot like me now. Passionately yelling at the TV, either calling them brilliant or stupid, as if they could actually hear me. Someday's I'm sure they can.

Thank you for being a role model in my faith journey. For taking us to church every Sunday we were with you, even if it was just because you wanted to show us off. It's because of those Sunday mornings that I love the church as much as I do. Well, that and the United Methodist Church is full of people just like you. But, between you and me, you still make the best cookies.

Most of all, thank you for being there to support me. For being there to tell me my dreams weren't crazy. That I could do anything I set my mind to. Like we said on the phone today, women have to fight for the positions that we hold. You never backed away from a fight. And I think I get that from you too.

I love you more than I could ever say. I cannot wait to see you again. I love talking to you, I love our conversations. Until I see you again.

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1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

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1. They give the best advice.

2. They have a lot of life experience and are willing to share it with you.

3. Their smile makes your heart warm.

4. They are so intelligent.

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