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