My Loveliest Valentine

Going into this Valentine’s Day, I had no ‘obvious’ Valentine as the couples around my campus do…and what a special reality this can be, because it allowed me to keep a very special Valentine in my heart and mind for the day: my beautiful Grandma Kay. I spent the day thinking of her, wearing her locket, and generally living up the day at a women’s brunch just as my Grandma Kay would: talking, talking, and TALKING with joy to those around her. Here is her photo for her high school graduation:

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She was always known for her beauty, intelligence, friendly personality, and various talents. Her laugh was the most beautiful laugh I’ve ever heard, but it was so often heard that as an 11-year-old, it was so natural to hear it that I never took a mental note to cherish it. Now, I cherish it. I feel so blessed that we have family movies containing her precious laugh and joyful personality. Those who know me or my family will know that my Grandma Kay had Alzheimer’s disease for the last 11 years of her life. This has always been a challenge for me, because she was a teacher and I know that she would want to teach her grandchildren all about life as we were growing up. I think that I will always learn lessons through others’ stories of my Grandma Kay, though, and there is a lot to learn from her legacy.

There is a very good chance that Grandma Kay was making me laugh. On my side, those were all my kids at the time. I was a pretty busy 'mom' back then, hehe!

There is a very good chance that Grandma Kay was making me laugh. On my side, those were all my kids at the time. I was a pretty busy ‘mom’ back then, hehe!

Also, I’ll never forget my Grandma for one more special reason. My Aunt Cherie confirmed this just weeks ago, and she definitely has the authority to know: I have my Grandma Kay’s eyes! I’ve always had a hunch that this was the case. Our family has lots of blue and green shades of eyes, but none are exactly the same…except my Grandma and mine have the same set of eyes. It’s hard to capture the resemblence, but here are two photos where you might be able to tell:

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I’d love to share something I found in a locket of my Grandma’s: her two kids (my dad and aunt) when they were young! I think this explains something so important about my grandmother: though she had a busy life with many obligations, she always made her children (and grandchildren) a priority.

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Smiling may not have been a trend back in the day? I promise they had happy childhoods…!! Haha 🙂

Mi abuela, Kay, con el infante-- MI haha. A ese momento, no tengo fotos de Abuelita Helene en mi computadora...pero pronto!

Mi abuela, Kay, con el infante– MI haha.

Pareja guapa, no? Mi abuelo Burr y abuela Kay juntos en el tiempo en la  universidad para los dos.

Pareja guapa, no? Mi abuelo Burr y abuela Kay juntos en el tiempo en la universidad para los dos.

Plus, I knew who was the most fun to play peek-a-boo with:

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We all cherish the memories of our Grandma Kay and at every get-together, we always have more fond memories to laugh over and cherish!

We all cherish the memories of our Grandma Kay and at every get-together, we always have more fond memories to laugh over and cherish!

A fun story: I’ve always preferred tea over coffee. This year, I kept seeing a certain flavor, ‘Constant Comment’, popping up in the tea boxes at campus ministry retreats, in stores, my house, and in my older sister’s tea box (shown below). After asking my dad about this flavor that quickly became my favorite, he told me that it was also Grandma Kay’s favorite and she always had it in their cupboard when he was growing up!

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Every cup of tea I have is a remembrance of an amazing inspiration who will always guide me: my Grandma Kay!

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Much love to my readers and thanks for reading.

(Optional: who was YOUR Valentine? Jesus loves you more in a moment than anyone can in a lifetime, so that’s a pretty amazing option…hehe…maybe I have *TWO* Valentines!!)

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2 thoughts on “My Loveliest Valentine

  1. ME ENCANTA TU HISTORIA DE SAN VALENTIN! PUEDO VER QUE TU ABUELA ESTA PRESENTE EN MUCHAS FORMAS EN TU VIDA. SEGURAMENTE UNA BELLA PERSONA AL IGUAL QUE VOS! TE QUIERO MUCHO JULIA. Y YA QUIERO LEER TU PRÓXIMO PENSAMIENTO!!

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