Monday, June 05, 2006

The Sun is Shining...

My Grandma Shain always felt better when she woke up and the sun was shining. It meant that her day would be bright and she would have the energy to get on with her day. I remember getting up and finding her at the dining room table in her dressing gown, listening to the radio and playing solitaire. I don't think that I was every up early enough to actually catch her eating her breakfast but she would always get up and "find" me something to eat. We would then sit at the table together and plan the day ahead; meals and activities.
When I woke up this morning at 5:30(thank you Shawn and Camie), the sun was already peeking over the horizon and coming through the blinds in the living room. I remembered her saying and felt that warm feeling of love wash over me. Those were special times and I am very glad to have those memories of when the two of us put our heads together and came up with brilliant ideas. Maybe that is why I am an "event planner" today!! I can never plan an event without food involved either!! My Grandma's legacy.
My Grandma Conners always took me to Flo and Arn's trailer and I had the best time playing with all of their grandkids. We built campfires and played hide and seek at night. Best of all, we slept in a "real bed" in their gorgeous trailer, not in a tent on the ground. As Shawn can tell you, I have the "trailer bug" and I want to buy a camper van. We live in BC, the most beautiful country to camp in. Last summer when we rented one and went wine tasting in Osoyoos, it was the best trip ever. Again, my Grandma's legacy.
I wish that Isabel could have met both of my Grandmas. They were both so "neat" in their own individual ways. I was lucky enough to be able to spend my holidays with each of them sans siblings. My family are great story tellers and I know that I will be able to tell her all about her GREAT-Grandmas but I wish that they could have had the chance to hold her. They would have loved her so much, just as they loved all of us. There is a silver lining though, my Dad being the historian he is, encouraged my sister and I to do projects about the lives of our Grandmas. We have both of them speaking on tape, telling their own stories. I will fill in the blanks as I went to sleep at night, listening to each of them reminisce about their childhoods and lives. Isabel will also have her own Grandmas to love her and cherish her.
So, the sun is shining today. It will be a bright and lovely day here in Victoria!!


Liam & Sherry said...

Great post Kristine, had me thinking very much about my own Grandmother who passed away this year at Easter. Grandma would have loved to spoil our Olivia when she comes to us, but this was not to be. Grandma had a long life and their were many stories of "Baba's" life to tell and share.

Take care

Liam and Sherry-Lou

Anonymous said...

Again what a beautiful piece of writing. I too have the same memories of Grandma Shain and her early morning cards and radio. This site is always a pleasure to read. Love you both.

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