When Grandparents Live Nearby

When Grandparents Live Nearby

A reflection of gratitude.

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Dear Grandma and Grandpa,

I did not realize how desperately I needed a quick weekend trip to see you.

Presidents' Day weekend is a popular time for college kids to travel, either back home or with friends. I am so blessed that you are only an hour away from my college. Family time is so important to me, and I know I made the right choice to spend my weekend with you.

Thank you for teaching me love and how to love, showing me God's compassion through your actions and words, and treating me like an actual princess. College is fun but it can also be stressful. I know I am very high-strung, and I did not realize how exhausted I was, until I arrived at your warm home.

Grandma, I admire you and your passion for health. You define what it means to be a self-taught doctor and it is amazing you have the knowledge to use food and massage as medicine. Grandpa, I am still in awe that you are a graduate from Harvard Business School and that you currently spread the Word of God through your Catholic blog, "Celebrate the Psalms." Both of you constantly expand my own knowledge by sharing yours and by giving me the best advice.

Our weekend consisted of reviewing my old ballet videos (your favorite being Giselle), going through old photos, a beach walk at San Clemente, Mass, getting stuck in the rain, sleeping, homemade facemasks, taking new photos, and eating lots of healthy foods like Korean sweet potatoes.

Bundled up for a beach walk. Designer sunglasses, courtesy of grandma

I drifted in and out of naps listening to the rain, and also in and out of the kitchen to grab grandma's freshly cut vegetables, her purple rice (healthy mixture of black and white rice grains along with various beans, barley, and millet), and fruit smoothies. I laughed when I found a grain of rice in my hair! You took me to some of the best restaurants in town and listened to me talk about my life—school, dance, people, activities, etc. You even made sure I was able to get my daily work out in at Corepower yoga (or as grandma says, either corn-power or pore-power, hahahaha) and made time for truly whatever I wanted.

During the times I was stressed, you were patient and let me work. You were understanding and gave me the best therapeutic weekend anyone could dream of.

The only thing I regret is not thanking you enough and asking you how YOU were. I feel that I still have so much to learn from you. I hope to be like you both one day. The weekend was so short. I want you to know that I admire and am inspired by your accomplishments and I appreciate all that you have done for me. You comforted me and reminded me that everything is okay.

I already miss you even though you're one hour away. I love you so much. See you soon. God bless.

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

Cover Image Credit: Carlie Konuch

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A Letter To My Grandma Before We Say Goodbye

There are some things I want you to know before you go...

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Dear Mom-Mom,

I want you to know a few things before it's time for us to say goodbye— most importantly that I love you! I may not have shown that when I was younger and said some mean things, but that was then and this is now. I have and always will love you. You have always shown me unconditional love, and nothing can ever compare. I am sorry for the fight we had when I was younger and compared you to my other grandma because you are just as wonderful and I love you just as much. I never want you to think I don't love you because I always have and always will love you.

Thank you. Thank you for always looking after me and giving me all that you could offer. I still remember when I was younger and would go to your house after school every Friday and order that gross pizza you and I both hated, but Pop loved it. We would play all night until mom and dad came to get me. Thank you. Thank you for taking me out to buy toys or to eat at my favorite places. You always made sure I was at my happiest. I love you.

You are so strong. Remember when they told you, you didn't have that much longer to live. You only had a couple of years. That was my first birthday. You told them to let you out to right now to celebrate and they listened. But you didn't listen to them when they told you that you only had so much longer. You showed them. Here you are, 19 years later still showing them that those couple of years meant nothing, and they don't know what they're talking about. You are the strongest woman I know, and I am humbled to call you my grandmother. I love you.

Even right now, with all you are going through, you continue to show them they're wrong. You continue to keep living your life and not letting the doctors bring you down. You determine when it's time. You will never change. You still are always offering me food when I am over, cracking jokes and, of course, still being your feisty self. No matter what you go through, you always come out your strong, feisty self. You are amazing. I aspire to be you one day. Raising a family of four kids then taking in two more because that's the type of person you are. You are generous, kind hearted, funny and wonderful. There is no way I can come close to being as wonderful as you, but I can and will try. I love you.

It hurts me to think that days with you are slowly coming to an end, but that doesn't mean it's goodbye forever. I know you will always be by my side. I am so grateful for that. I am grateful for everything you have done for me. I know you will always look down on me to ensure I am being my best self and never lose sight of what is important. Keep pushing through and being the strong woman you are. I love you so much.

Love,

Emily

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