Friday, September 16, 2016
The Granny Privilege
Wee four-month-old Charlotte and I got to visit my granny in Utah last winter. Granny is at the time in her life when she is sharing her life's bounty with others. As a baby, her mother had given her a beautiful silver finger ring. She has held onto this ring until now, nearly 90 years later. On this visit, she generously gifted it to our little Charlotte. What an incredibly tiny yet extraordinary gift. What a privilege it is to have the ring my great grandmother gave to her baby, my children's great grandmother.
My partner met some of his grandparents when he was a toddler. Only Hannah got to meet her daddy's mama, not his dad. Her siblings did not get to meet their daddy's parents. I understand the great privilege I have of meeting all four of my grandparents, having both my parents still alive, and spending this extended time loving on my elderly grandmother. Since my granny's husband's death a few years ago, we have traveled to visit one another at least once each year. My partner loves my granny so deeply, his eyes moisten each time we say goodbye to her. As we talk with my granny on the phone and send her postcards, we all look forward to hugging her again, as this ring hugs my daughter's finger.