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“What a dish!” – Random Thoughts of Meaningful Life Moments

“What a dish!” – Random Thoughts of Meaningful Life Moments

apple-pieEver have a moment during your day when you think of a meaningful interaction with someone important in your life? I mean the totally random reflection on a moment that has nothing to do with what your were currently working on, reading, or watching?

I just had one of those moments while working on a technology focused presentation for this upcoming week and there is no reason it should have popped into my head other than that person, my Grandma Margaret Cline, had a huge impact on my life. The moment I thought of was not a big chunk of time, about a huge expensive trip or associated with a gift or material thing. It was at the most 60 seconds in my life that stuck with me always because it was a special human moment. A moment worth sharing.

I used to visit my grandmother while I was in college almost every weekend for dinner, homemade apple pie, lemonade and a sit on the back porch. My grandfather, Paul Cline, had recently passed away. My grandparents were married for over 50 years and even though grandma was raised at a time when you had to be strong, I knew she missed her Paul. Grandma was lucky to have tons of family surrounding her, spending time and showering her with love as she was such a sweet woman who was a giver. The classic grandma showering us all with hugs and kisses and love.

One Sunday I paused in her hallway as a photo of my grandparents from the 1920s capturing one of their first days as a couple caught my eye. Grandpa looked exactly like a young Robert De Niro, slicked back hair just like the actor (sans mustache) in The Godfather Part 2. Grandma was stunning young woman with a radiant smile.

As I was admiring their moment captured in that old photograph, my grandma came up behind me and said in her sweet voice “Wasn’t I a dish?” I laughed because her comment was so her…so generational…so priceless. I hugged her, gave her a big kiss on the cheek and told her “Grandma, you are still a dish!” We both smiled and went on to enjoy another tasty dinner and nice visit in the backyard.

Grandma passed away in 2004. I miss her! But I love and cherish the many special memories like this that pop into my days and make me smile.

“What a dish!”  <chuckling with a smile>

Random thoughts at random times about special moments with real people that impacted our lives. There is my “share.” Would love to read yours.

6 comments
Milaspage
Milaspage

That was a perfect read for a Saturday afternoon John. Special moments like that "just happen" and we are so blessed when they do. Thank you for sharing that, it was beautiful, and although I am sure I also have many to share, this was so beautiful- I think I'll just sit and enjoy yours for a while - because it's worth it :) what a gift.

prosperitygal
prosperitygal

Boy, yes you opened a treasure chest of memories.  I have had many of those moments over the past __ years ( not gonna say that one outloud)

 

Lately I have been missing, craving and buying roses to fill my days with memories of my Grammy who grew the most beautiful roses.  Oddly she never really brought many in the house to put in a vase.  Instead we enjoyed them on the vine.  Her favorite was the Peace rose.  Every time I smell  a rose I think of all the love she lavished out on me growing up.  Thanks.

dbvickery
dbvickery

I was raised by my grandmother, John...and I miss her sometimes. She was my #1 friend and confidante for many years, and she was my protector when I was a kid. She taught me how to swing a hammer, make homemade milk gravy, lead a dove and shoot an open-sighted .33 rifle, and how to be humble/gracious and maintain high integrity above all other things. So I can definitely relate! What is very cool is that my youngest daughter just wrote a college entrance essay about family dinners, homemade rolls, and the grandmother that taught the importance of both.

Milaspage
Milaspage

@prosperitygal i meant to tag you above as Well, I love the way you share your grandmothers beauty with the pictures of flowers on Facebook every so often. Amazing how we have the ability through our social networks and blogging to extend those precious feelings, moments and contributions these wonderful women in our lives made with others this way! #inspire