The past week, I traveled with my two year old toddler Savannah on a 3.5 hour plane ride to Orlando, Florida. What was I thinking flying with a toddler? Oh, and our departure time was at 1 AM. That’s right, ONE O’CLOCK in the MORNING. It was awful, but completely worth it. My mom (a saint!) also flew down to Orlando and met us at the airport where we collected our combined 3 suitcases, car seat, pack N play, and two carry-on bags, which we then picked up a rental car to head about an hour north to The Villages to spend some time with my grandparents—Savannah’s great grandparents. Needless to say, everyone was exhausted once we arrived but we really enjoyed some quality time with Great Grandma and Great Grandpa.
Great Grandma and Great Grandpa have been married for over 65 years! Their relationship now is still exactly how I remember it from when I was little—loving. They still hold hands and still laugh together over shared memories and experiences. My grandfather told us about his dangerous experience climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and how he helped sew some guy’s finger back together even though his trade was podiatry! My grandmother shared memories about my father growing up which included the time he blew his hand up building his own rocket! It was very special for me to sit with them and listen to memories from the past, and while Savannah may not have been as interested in the stories, she had a great time exploring their home and placing her dinosaur cling stickers on their windows.
My grandmother will also be turning 90 years old later this month. Happy Birthday Grandma! My parents, aunts, and uncles will be heading down to help her celebrate in a few more weeks but I was happy that we were there earlier to get some quality time with her before the big celebration. My grandparents also agreed to let me take a few photos of them which was very special for me to be able to capture FOUR generations of our family in a single photo. The photo of the generations of women in my family is one of my favorites and I absolutely love what it represents—”Here’s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.” I am so grateful for the women who have helped mold me into the woman I am, and I hope to pass the same strength along to my own daughter so that one day she may do the same for hers.
June 9, 2019