Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Every day is a gift...

My daughter's great-grandmother, (my hubby's grandmother) is 95 years old. She is of limited mobility and now lives in a nursing home but her mind is still as sharp as a whip.

Last Sunday, we paid grandma a surprise visit. We enterred the room and her face lit up the moment she saw us. She makes no secret that she considers my hubby her son. And nothing makes me happier than bringing our daughter, his offspring, to visit her.

Watching the two of them, 88 years and 4 generations apart, interact is soooo deep. They interact on a level that is so pure and simple, and beautiful.

This visit, my daughter brought along her doll for the first time so she could show grandma. After all, she had taken the doll to the "doll salon" on Friday night.


















Grandma took the doll, and I watched her do something I have always done when I get a new doll. She smelled her hair. Oh, that new doll smell....you know the one.





















Then she began staring at the doll, inspecting her every feature.





















I asked grandma, "Do you like the doll?".

She asked, "which doll?".

Now, I know I just said her mind was as sharp as a whip, right? Well, read on.

"The one you're holding in your hand, grandma", I said.





















"This is not a doll. This is a sweet little girl", she replied.

My daughter bursts into hysterics.

So grandma continued. "See, I'm going to kiss her". She kisses the doll's face and my daughter cracks up even more.

Then grandma gently ran her finger across the doll's cheek and said "Look at her face. See, she is smiling. She likes my kisses. She's a sweet little girl."





















My daughter enjoying herself to the fullest encourages grandma to continue. I step back and leave the two of them in the room alone. They laughed and laughed, and laughed some more...and then when it was time to leave, grandma gave my daughter and "sweet little girl" a good-bye hug and kiss.





















One Love, Se'Lah

23 comments:

vchelle said...

OMG! My heart is filled with so much joy and I've heard this story before. It's beautiful! And I love how you present it. When we reach such an age as great-grandmom, there are no egos, no emphasis, just simply love of life!

Thanks for the birthday wish! I've told the world that it was my birthday!!!

Sara said...

How very sweet. I love that youth/age are unfettered by the limitations that we put on ourselves as "responsible adults." These are memories your daughter will surely cherish.
Happy Love Thursday.

margie said...

this is a beautiful story, a special moment captured.

Katie in MA said...

How blessed you and your family are to have such a special woman in your lives! I can just imagine all of the stories she has to share. If I promised to bring her a sweet little girl to admire, do you think she'd let me sit at her knees and listen to whatever she wanted to talk about? Because to me, that sounds like a Saturday afternoon straight out of heaven. I'm so glad your daughter and her g-gram have such a special bond! You can see the love they have for each other!

CarrieJ said...

What a wonderful wonderful story!! Your family is so lucky and blessed to have such a great woman to fill you with love!

Marie said...

I love this story, Se'Lah. Its sooooo sweet. Aren't we lucky to have grandmothers? Thank you for sharing, and Happy Love Thursday!

Gayle said...

Oh, Se'Lah, this is such a beautful, joyful post! What a wonderful blessing that your daughter has her loving great-grandma!

Cam@Journey Wildly said...

The young at heart inspires me so...

Happy Love Thursday, Se'lah!

ELK said...

thank
you
....
love
abounds
in this
...
HLT!

Suvarna said...

so, so precious to have this connection, beautiful!
:-)
Suvarna

Shalet said...

What a wonderful visit! Happy Love Thursday!

Christina said...

Oh 'evean! Ya went an just broke me into pieces. My heart is filled with love after reading this. And if Grandma isn't the cutest girl...

Happy tears!
xo

Anonymous said...

Hey sis,

couldn't help but to smile while reading your post. The beauty of innocence.

m. heart said...

omg, your grandmother is so sweet!

Rebecca said...

Very beautiful! Thanks for sharing such a sweet story.

sunnymama said...

How beautiful. What a wonderful lady!
Happy Love Thursday :)

Alicia (aka Dr. Mom) said...

What a sweet story! And 'Grandma' looks amazing and beautiful at 95!! I think Im going to call my grandparents today (3 are 90 and one is 93) and tell them how much I love them :)

SE'LAH... said...

Thanks to everyone for all the love. Grandma IS a class act!

Toni said...

What a wonderful story of love shared between the generations! You tell it beautifully.

lisaschaos said...

That is too precious! You brought memories of my great-grandma - I miss how SO much but she was with us for 96 years so. . .I think grandma needs a sweet little girl of her own. :)

Teri said...

What a sweet sweet story. Thanks for sharing it.

Relyn said...

So precious. So very, very precious. I have such precious memories of my own daughter and my grandmother. They were three and eighty seven. My little one walked in front of my Mamaw between the walker handles while my Mamaw shuffled along behind her. They laughed and talked and existed in a world that belonged only to the two of them.

Susannah said...

my heart just broke into a million pieces and came back together again - so so lovely :)