So I've been thinking a lot about grandparents. Those who know me well understand why that's particularly true at this time of year. I was fortunate to have my grandparents in my life well into adulthood. My paternal grandparents passed away earlier than my maternal grandparents...who both passed in '05.
I was born on my maternal grandfather's birthday. That fact shaped my life. While it's natural to love and be close to grandparents, I was always especially close to him. Until he passed away, we only missed celebrating two birthdays together.
I could tell you how all four of my grandparents were good people with strong morals who believed in being involved in their communities. I could tell you that they were terrific role models. That they loved me through my trying times and that I'm so glad that they got to see me come out the other side of some rough patches and have some successes in life. I could tell you that they were honest, hard-working, salt-of-the-earth kinda' folks who were special in the lives of those around them.
Mostly, though, I just want to tell you that grandparents should be treasured. If you still have yours in your life, send them a card, give them a call...better yet, go hug them! If you don't still have them around, stop for a minute and think a happy thought about them. If you are a grandparent, pat yourself on the back and know that you are important. And loved. As you should be.