Welcome to my very own Creative Writing Month where each day of the month I am focusing on a topic and spending fifteen minutes reflecting and writing as inspired by the topic. For more information about why and how check out my post, Writing Down the Bones.
Today’s topic: Write about one of your grandparents.
I am extremely blessed. I have lived twenty-five years with four of the most supportive and kind grandparents. I couldn’t just focus on one of these awesome grandparents today. I could also go on for hours about how each of them have shaped me into who I am today: Grandmothers who taught me what it means to be a strong and driven woman and Grandfathers who provided wonderful models for loving, successful men. All of them have taught me confidence and the importance of family. I am extremely blessed by all four of these amazing people.
Grandma Lois has taught me how to have pride in my home and family. She supported me in every endeavor and continues to keep up-to-date with each of her grandchildren even as life pulls us so many different directions. Grandma loves each of her grandchildren dearly and that is evident in her excitement each time we call or arrive in her home. She worked hard for many years as an administrative assistant and I’ve inherited some of her tenancies for particulars and detail-oriented behaviors.
Grandma Ann began to teach me what a beautiful woman truly was from a young age. She has always been a model of beauty on the inside and outside. I’ve learned strength, grace, and kindness from having her as a role model in my life.
My grandfathers are hard working and genuinely nice men. One retired from a career in education and the other from a job in the insurance field. Both are very successful men and I am proud to call both of them “Grandpa.”
Grandpa Tom may be in his early seventies, but can still whip youngsters in golf and table tennis. A few times a year he defends his title as Ping-Pong Champion at family gatherings by defeating my husband who is nearly fifty years his junior. He is a part of the Hall of Fame at the high school where he graduated as a three sport athlete: football, wrestling, golf.
Grandpa Harold recently was invited to a high school in southern Ohio to give a graduation address. His career in education helped me in my career decisions. When I had my first teaching interview I sat at his kitchen table the night before listening to his tips and wisdom for the next day. He coached me through what to expect and gave me pointers on what principals are looking for in candidates.