A few minutes later, I got this email from my beautiful Grandma.
"Just read your blog and I will tell you why your eyes are so big in the picture. Your Mother and I were together and the photographer was making goofy noises to get you to smile and look at him. Bryan hugged you and told the guy, "Don't talk to my baby sister like that!" the photographer snapped the picture and this is the end result. We all thought it was cute because we knew your now 40 year old brother was protecting you.
Now you know the story ☺. We wish Bryan a HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND GOD'S CARE UNTIL HE GETS HOME AGAIN.
And with the receipt of this email, I found out something very, very shocking.
Oh, Grandma, I kid.
I know the only reason I can get away with that is because she's in the heartland of Nebraska and can't swat me on the rear.
I love knowing the story behind the picture and being reminded of the sweet presence of my dear grandparents from the time we were born. There is not a summer I can remember growing up without a week or more spent at their house.
We found birds nests in their bushes and watched the eggs hatch, we blew bubbles and took naps on their back porch while Grandma sang. She let us eat bowls and bowls of "sweet cereal" when it was banned from our house in an act of grand-parental indulgence. We baked, and sewed, threw the baseball, and smashed cans with another of my grandaddy's fun inventions.
More than anything I remember, though, was not the activities, but simply the time spent. Even today, when my grandparents give opinions or advice -mostly Grandma because she's the chatty one :) - I listen to what they have to say. They have built into their grandchildrens' lives some pretty weighty love capital and have earned with all of us a place of honor fitting two with crowns of grey on their heads.
Well, maybe only one crown of grey. Just keepin it real, Grandpa.
"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you."
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