It was a few years ago. I clearly remember the question, and the answer. The question was asked by our youngest daughter, to her grandmother, at a time when we were driving together, to a family dinner.
She asked her grandmother, "what was one of the most special birthday gifts you ever received?" Her grandmother thought for a while, and then answered with this statement." One of the best birthday gifts I ever received, was from one of my granddaughters, on my 80th birthday."
She went on to describe the gift. She said, " it was a pretty decorated box. In it were 80 slips of paper, and each paper contained one special memory that her granddaughter had over the years, of her grandma." Grandma was to read one a day. She said, "she found herself eagerly looking forward to each day, to open and read another memory."
I was sitting in the front seat, listening to this conversation, and I thought to myself, "what a thoughtful, time-consuming, meaningful gift that was, for her granddaughter to give her."
One decorated box. Eighty memories written down on eighty slips of paper = one delighted and blessed grandma.
I have often thought back over that conversation. It encourages my heart to know that grandchildren do remember, however foggy those memories may be. It also reminds me, that sometimes the gifts that stand the test of time, and stay in our minds, are the ones that are homemade, and that come from the heart.
Moments spent with those we love, just may stay in the heart for a lifetime.
Two of our grandchildren completed their first year of kindergarten yesterday.
Time is going so quickly, and I do want to not loose sight of that important fact.
A little something just for you today!