Aug 18 2013
Today would have been my Grandmother’s 107th birthday. She shared her life with this world for almost 101 years. In those years of sharing she left many great memories and wonderful stories (and lots of lessons on good manners). I think of the lives she has touched and I see a living legacy. Her family is distinctly who we are today because of who she was while living. She lived and left a beautiful legacy, and I can only imagine she smiles down from heaven when she sees her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren living that legacy.
Won’t she be tickled to see us all gathered in early 2014 for the wedding of her first great granddaughter? A wedding of 2 young people of faith being married before their family and friends? Won’t my sweet Gana (that is what we called her) be delighted to see aunts and uncles and grandmas and grandpas and cousins and 2nd cousins come together from all over the United State to gather together, not only to enjoy the wedding, but to enjoy a long weekend together? You see, she taught us that family is important. Gathering together is important.
She also taught us about faith, generosity, integrity and honesty. Her teaching was not with lectures or words (except the bit about those good manners); her teaching was by example. So today on her birthday, I wonder what legacy I am building for my family? What, when I am long in heaven, will be the legacy that I leave behind? Will it even be noticed? I know I don’t want to pass on a legacy of always being hurried and harried, but I am afraid I may. I want to live a life that says people matter. And if people matter, I will spend quality time with them, I will share faith, be generous and act with integrity and honesty. Thank you, sweet Gana, for showing me about living a life that matters (and how to do so with good manners).