To The Grandpas Spending Christmas In Heaven

To The Grandpas Spending Christmas In Heaven

We miss you so, so much.

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To the grandpas spending Christmas in heaven,

I hope you are reading this somewhere, and I want you to know how much I wish I could talk to you, with you sitting next to me.

I know that you know how much we miss you, and it's even harder during the holidays. We hear laughter at the table, in the church, and around the tree. We find ourselves looking around to see if one of those sounds of laughter is coming from your smile. But there's one smile that's missing. Instead of looking around us for your smile, we look up.

We hear songs that remind us of you, and wish that we could sing them with you. Instead, we sing them to you.

We search the shelves for gifts for our loved ones, but there's one less gift to give. Instead, we give you our hearts, rather than a gift wrapped in paper and tied with a bow. We send up a prayer, hoping that you will hear our "I love you" and "I miss you" from up in heaven.

There's one less chair at the table and one less plate of food. There's one less person to pass the mashed potatoes to. There's less stories about the old days being told at the table, and one less set of ears listening to our stories. But we know you are listening from above and smiling down at us.

It's hard. It's hard to be happy when we know we won't be seeing you this holiday. But we know you can see us. You are watching us exchange gifts. You are listening to our stories. And you are sharing our happiness.

It's not fair. It's not fair that someone that we love and look up to so dearly could be taken from us. But we know you are in good hands now. We try to be strong because we know that it is what you would want us to be. We miss you incredibly and wish you were here. If heaven wasn't so far away, we know you would be here. We hope you are singing with angels and celebrating the holiday with all the ones that you missed while you were here with us. We hope you can hear our laughter and see our smiles from your safe haven in heaven. Most of all, we hope you are happy. Because happiness is the best thing we can wish for you.

Love,

The ones who love you no matter where you are

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The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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Waiting for a text from a boy is like waiting for water to boil. Sometimes I think if I take a lap around my kitchen then the text will magically light up my phone.

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Texting in our relationships has become so prevalent that it has snuck its way into TV. shows and movies, as well as songs. This makes sense because it is such a large part of our lives. Texting boys can be great in some cases, especially in long distance relationships.

And don't get me wrong, it certainly can be exciting!

But I've realized is that it has the potential to be incredibly inefficient and waste a whole lot of everyone's time. The time that is wasted is a combination of the time spent texting in a conversation that leads absolutely nowhere, along with the time you spend thinking about when that next text is going to roll in. Not to mention all the time you spend screenshotting these texts and sending them to your friends and asking advice on how to craft a perfect reply and agonizing over the right wording, re-typing over and over again, having everyone from your best friend to your Mom weigh in on the perfect syntax.

For a generation that is obsessed with getting everything as fast as possible, why are we contacting each other so inefficiently? We think we will just send a quick text, but more often than not, it turns into a whole production.

Snapchat can be even worse. Taking time out of your day to take a well-lit selfie and send it to a boy just so he can send you a snap of his actual chin is just ridiculous.

We are talking to people constantly about absolutely nothing. And quite frankly, we all deserve more. Technology is great, but just because it is advanced doesn't mean it's advancing our communication skills. Boys, I think it might be time to pick up the phone again. Imagine if instead of spending countless hours in a Snapchat conversation grasping at straws to make a plan with the girl you like, you actually just picked up the phone. The call would take maybe two minutes to set up a plan instead of whittling away a whole day. It seems like just because we have the option to text or message someone, we forget that we have the alternative of a trusty phone call.

If our grandparents had dated the way that we did, would they have ever worked out? Would our parents ever have been born? Would we even exist?

As I am re-watching "Sex and The City," "Gilmore Girls" and "Friends" yet again, I am overcome with nostalgia about what dating was like during these times. I'd love to come home to a message on my machine.

Maybe you're reading this and you think I'm lame and old fashioned and you're absolutely right, but I think I have a point. In order to have better success in our romantic relationships, we need to work on actually saying something. Why are we claiming we are "talking" to someone when we have never talked to them in person? How did we end up in this reality of sulking when we have been left on read, or obsessively checking to see if someone has viewed our Snapchat story?

We've been given all these ways of pseudo-communicating and endless time to do it and absolutely no rule book of what is acceptable. When you really think about it, it's a recipe for disaster that could be destroying our relationships before they even start. We need an Emily Post of technology to teach us how to behave. We need to stop abusing the convenience of technology and start challenging ourselves to communicate better.

I challenge you if you're a single lady that the next time a boy asks for your Snapchat, tell them you'd prefer it if they called you to make plans.

Guys, just call a girl! It might really impress her! Everyone who tries this has full permission to call me and yell at me if the person who calls you/you call says you're a huge freak. But do me a favor and start leaving your ringer on when you're not in class. Let's talk.

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