Spring Break Fun {Finer Things Friday}

We’re on Spring Break this week.  No beaches or big vacation plans for us, but I did get to spend Tuesday with some of my favorite people. While the rest of the family helped out on Lance’s family farm, baby girl and I hung out with my grandparents.  You remember them, right?

grandpa

This?  Is such a gift.  This time we had, made all the more special because they need us, too.  My 91 year old grandpa, healthy as a horse, living at home with grandma, will ask the same question 5 times in two minutes.  In the next breath he’ll tell you the color of the truck that his neighbors two miles down the road drove to church in 1942.

He’s ornery.  And hysterical.  And needs constant supervision.

Baby girl went down for a nap that day, so grandpa and I drove the country roads while my mom did some chores.  It’s one of his favorite pastimes, and I’m grateful I got a turn to hear all about who lived here and there and at every homestead around.  “That’s the McGuire farm,” he told me.

“I know that place.  He’s my father-in-law.”

“He is?!” he gasped.  “You have my condolences.”  And then we both laugh at the same joke we’ve laughed at for 15 years.  “We go round and round,” he giggles.  (Never mind we had just stopped at the farm 20 minutes before so he could jab at my father-in-law.  The jabbing is mutual, by the way.  ;)  )

cards

When we got home, before he schooled me in game after game of Race Horse (guess how many card games have been played at that table?!), he thanked me for the drive and asked if I knew his wife.

“Sure do, grandpa.”

“And that’s my daughter, there,” pointing at my mom, sweeping their front porch.

“Grandpa,” I said, grinning, “Your daughter is my mom.”

“Oh!” he replied.  “Well you have a dang fine mom!”

Why yes.  Yes, I do.  (Oh, how we laugh!)

I have dang fine grandparents, too, and I’m so thankful for the time I can share with them!

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Comments

  1. LOVE this!!! Too precious. (Made me a little teary.)

  2. Sheila Laurence says:

    One of the things that I am grateful for is that my grandmother never lost her sweet disposition or personality throughout her battle with dementia. She was one of the greatest influences on my life. I couldn’t even tell you the many times in my day to day life I think of something she said or taught me. It sounds like your Grandpa is the same, and it is truly a gift. I can (and do!) only aspire to be the woman my grandmother was.

    • Yes! The dementia is beyond frustrating for those who care for him day in and day out, I’m sure, but oh, he is still funny!

  3. What an amazing post, made me teary eyed too! We are lucky that my husband’s grandma is still with us so my kids have the joy of knowing one great grandmother (or GG as they call her). We do have to remind her of the kids names when we see her, but oh what a gift to know her! I never knew any of my great grandparents but am so thankful that my kids know (and will remember) one of theirs! (Your little girl so cute, melts my heart everytime I see pictures of her because my little girl is 8 months old and she has my heart in her hand!)

    • Silly, precious babies. Aren’t they just so much fun?! (Remind me of that when mine is ready to party at midnight tonight…)

  4. What a great post, Amy.
    I was just thinking the other day that if my husband and I are ever blessed with children that they would only have 1 great-grandparent as I have only one surviving grandmother. This saddens me deeply. Everyone (except grandma) passed away before they turned 80…which I dont think is THAT “old.” ;-)

  5. This brought tears to my eyes. My grandparents are in their 80s, and very healthy and active. I’m so glad that they have a relationship with my son (their great grandson!) and that I still have this time with them, because it is so precious. Certainly a Finer Thing!!!!

  6. What a great post! I am so jealous you still have your grandparents around. All of my grandparents had died except for my father’s mother by the time I was born. She passed away 20 years ago in June and it makes me sad the children I may have one day will never meet her.

    • The older I get and the more people I know, the more I realize my blessings. I’ve always (except during college) lived an hour or less from my grandparents. Blessed to be a part of their lives.

  7. Aw Amy, thank you so much – i’m getting teary eyed. I loved my grandparents so much and would give anything for one more car ride with my Pap as we called him. Mine are all gone now but were a huge influence on me. So many things they taught are still with me today. What a blessing it is to have time with grandparents!

  8. I loved this post. How special that you and your children are able to know and have so many memories of your grandparents!

  9. This is so beautiful. I lost both my grandfathers before I graduated high school, but I feel blessed to still have one grandmother– and she lives in our town now, too! :) As far as the card games… judging by that happy worn patch on the table, I’m guessing many, MANY fun games have taken place there. :D

  10. This touched my heart. I lost my Grandpa two summers ago and my Grandma just this past Christmas. I miss them both so much and would love to play another game of checkers with my Granpda!!

  11. I am so thankful that I have had the chance to meet these two amazing people! This post brought sweet tears to my eyes! Grandparents are special people and you are right…yours are dang fine people! Please tell them hello next time you share a special moment with them. :)

  12. I love this post. Shared it on facebook so my daughter could read it.

  13. Meredith says:

    You are so lucky! :)

  14. Beautiful! What precious memories. We just said good-bye to my grandpa last week. Grandparents have such a special place in our hearts.

  15. Kristy G. says:

    What precious memories! Thank you for sharing! I mish my grandparents so much. One of my grandmothers was able to spend good quality time with my oldest daughter. I cherish those memories. My grandparents were wonderfully gentle souls and amazing people. I am so glad your children are able to enjoy your grandparents too!

  16. Moments that make life so sweet! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Such a sweet post!

  18. I miss my grandparents so much… Thank you for sharing such a beautiful picture of your day with yours. Your grandpa sounds like a hoot (like mine was)…

  19. So Jelous Amy!!!! Next time you go for a cruise, ask him abt the Fetrow family!!!! I am still trying to dig info up on them!!!

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