When I was little, I remember feeling like the road trips to Florida took entirely too long. Once we were there however, the time would always fly by and it would seem like we were heading back to PA too soon. I'll never forget how quickly the time passed when we were there with the people we loved.
I always loved going to visit Grandma and Grandpa because I felt at home. She would spoil us rotten! Grandma and Grandpa would be sitting out on the front porch waiting for us. She always “just happened” to have a coffee cake (my absolute favorite) made any time we came to visit. I remember her in the rocker on the front porch telling us stories about her and Grandpa when they were younger and about Pop-pop when he was a kid. When we were little they used to take us to the Walmart McDonalds (which Erin and I always thought was cool because Pennsylvania didn't have McDonalds in their Walmart). There were boat trips fishing out with Grandpa and adventures with both of them in the inlet. And it never failed that when we got back from anywhere, Grandma was always ready with some kind of snack! She was the one to introduce me to grapefruit with sugar! I always enjoyed those trips and the memories we made! Even though we didn't get to visit them as often as we may have liked, we always knew and felt the love they had for us.
The memory that continues to stay with me is seeing Grandma and Grandpa dancing at their 70th wedding anniversary. What a blessing they gave to all of us in the marriage we celebrated that day. The love and devotion they daily showed to each other was amazing to me and I can only hope to follow Grandma's example as a devoted wife and mother. I admire Grandma so much, not only for the example of her marriage of 70 years to a man who still loves her with all his heart, but also in the hospitality she showed anyone who walked through her door, and in the love she showed to her kids and grandkids, even across the miles. She lived a beautiful life. Thank you, Grandma for the love you always showed me and for the legacy you left in the people I call family. Love you always Grandma