Ever 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.