A LETTER TO GRANDMA
After my Grandma passed away I mailed letters to her for a long time… And I still write to her occasionally. Colin, my heart goes out to you. It is wonderful you were so close to your Mum. I was to my Grandma and miss her so… every day.
I wrote this to my Grandma a few years ago…
I love you most for your grace, beauty and tender loving nature. You have always been the most beautiful of God’s creations to me. I don’t think I ever told you but thank you for the many seeds you planted in me. They grew into who I am today and I am a part of you.
The seed of faith:
Faith in God! When I was little I could see your love for Our Lord shining bright in your eyes. Mother always told me if I had the faith of a mustard seed I could move mountains. I think she got that from you. Thank you for marking all those little spots in my Bible for me to appreciate one day. I do.
The seed of forgiveness:
That was a hard one for me but I have finally learned the art of it. You always told me it was easier to forgive than to carry the burden on my shoulders. You were right. I have forgiven those who have wronged me and hurt no more.
The seed of believing:
Believing in myself as well as others. You always helped me to believe I didn’t make mistakes, just bad choices. As long as I learned from them it was considered a lesson of life. You are right.
The seed of hope:
Hope for brighter days ahead no matter how tough things seemed to be. You always reassured me my hopes and dreams were not out of reach as long as I kept reaching for them.
The seed of love:
Not just love, unconditional love for others and myself. I honestly believed many years you were the only person in the whole world that has loved me every day of my life. I was wrong. Your daughter, my Mother, has turned out to be the mirror of you. I don’t know if I’ve ever told you but thank you for my Mother. Like you, she loves me for who I am… unconditionally. I watched you be a Mother and a Grandma. You stood behind us all no matter which path we chose. You were always there to catch us if we stumbled along the way.
Just as every seed you planted in your garden grew so have I. I wish at times we could go back to the days I snuck around in your tulip garden. For every tulip I picked, ten more took its place. For every cookie I snuck out of the freezer, a dozen more showed up. For every prayer I prayed, you prayed tenfold. It never dawned on me then, but I know now the many tears I cried were making the many seeds you planted grow within me. I love you Grandma, with all my heart. Thank you for taking every step of my life with me. You are my inspiration and the love of my life.
Always and Forever,
©Copyright 2002 by Eileen Breedlove