Good morning, friends! This morning I thought I'd share two short but very sweet posts about grandfathers from two of my dear friends. I hope you're enjoying this series. I've so enjoyed reading all of the lovely and loving thoughts here this week, and hasn't it has been wonderful to see the photos?! It's been an honor to learn more about you all with what you've shared. Thank You!
This series will continue through the weekend - there are some really gorgeous posts still to come! Then, I'll resume regular posting again on Monday, with a fresh start of sorts. But enough about next week, on to more memories!
My grandfather Marlow is my last remaining grandparent here with us. His wife of over fifty years passed suddenly over five years ago, which was a very hard loss for our family. Through it all, he was always the one with a smile on his face. To me his smile reveals his true personality; kind, loving, loyal, immensely generous and selfless. He isn't a man of many words, but he silently shovels all his neighbors walks, restores furniture for my family, gives advice as an accomplished gardener, and volunteers his time every week helping others (among countless other things).
He used to go to the Oregon coast and find smooth stones, polish them and stamp them with a picture of a bee. He would give them away to family, friends and strangers to keep with them as a reminder to "bee" happy. I love him so much, and he shows how much he cares with that twinkle in his eye. He is an example of what it is to truly be selfless, and I hope I have a little bit of that in me. Since moving away from family I don't get to see him as often as I would like, but for now I cherish his kind words on the phone and that little stone in my pocket.