I feel as if I need to take a moment to say thank you to my grandparents. It wasn't until I was 18 years of age that I truly began to know and appreciate them. We lived in separate states during my youth, and since money was not overflowing for us, we only saw them every 3-4 years.
They always made sure to call each holiday and send birthday cards and gifts each year, but it's somehow not the same as having them around to attend ball games, graduations and see each other in the market place (known as Wal-Mart in my metropolis.) Thirteen years ago they made a decision to move into the same town as my parents and I. (My brother was still at home and my sister had already started her new life adventure in another sate.) That decision was difficult for them, but I believe extremely rewarding.
The rewards extend well beyond the borders of their home though. Where I grew up wondering what life would be like with extended family around, my children have been able to experience that blessing.
They are at every ball-game the kids play, every party celebrating another year, every dinner planned, every holiday activity, every school play and awards ceremony, plenty of phone calls to say hello and I still get the cards to go with each celebration throughout the year. And might I add, (if you hadn't already come to this conclusion yourself) that these are my kids Great Grandparents! What a treat it is for my kids and for me as well.
I take my hat off to you, GG and GPa (my Steelers hat of course) and say thank you from the bottom of my heart for being the grandparents I have always needed and for truly being GREAT Grandparents to my children! You are loved and very much appreciated!
P.S. Might I add that my grandmother makes THE BEST 'Jerri Ward' cake anyone would ever have the privilege of letting their mouth water over. It is moist an oh so tasty! And she left the extra little bit at my house the last time she was here! Thank you, GG, for spoiling my family with that treat!
P.S.S. If you try to google the recipe for 'Jerri Ward' cake, I'm afraid your efforts will be in vain. The origin of the cake name comes from a neighbor my grandmother had years ago that gave her the recipe for this fine, delicious, sweet treat. I extend to you my sincerest apologies and promise to post the recipe at a later date.