Yes, Grandfather's Day will be celebrated tomorrow! What a fun thought--I have had wonderfully lovely Grandparents and I miss them so much. Grandpa was very dear to me. We had a special relationship. When I was a tiny girl, there was a stand of trees in the middle of the Blueberry field Dad planted. I would make believe those blueberries were the sea and that bit of trees was my own little island.
For years I worked in my garden, making it into a bit of paradise. Old earrings hung from trees, there was a mushroom patch, flowers all over, which I planted with my own hands. Grandpa was with me all the way. He is the one who helped me dig a little circle area under the trees in my garden. Grandpa taught me how to dig up the ground, turning the earth over with my shovel so the roots of the weeds were exposed and would die. That garden was beautiful. I spent years--throughout my childhood, tending that bit of land. To this day it is called "Beth's Garden. There isn't much left of my childhood there, but only a few weeks ago, walking through, I found an old earring attached to the branch of an ancient oak. My childish hands had place it there over 40 years ago.
Grandpa was my best friend. I was bullied quite a bit in grade school. Kids would not play with me, made fun of me--so I often was hurt and was somewhat left alone. I would come home from school and run to Grampa's house. I would sit with Grandpa and tell him my woes. I would cry and he would put his arm around me and just listen.
He is the one who taught me how to see faces and shapes in the trees and clouds. I remember I was in third grade, Grandpa cut a picture from a fashion magazine and put it in my hands. "Someday," he said. "You will look like this."
Years later I found that picture and marveled. It DID look like me. I still have that picture from my precious Grandfather
So, all you Grandfathers out there--don't underestimate the influence you have in the lives of your grandchildren. I thank God for my own dear Granddaddy. He was my best friend and confidant. I am looking forward to seeing him in Heaven someday.
Happy Grandfather's Day!
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