I was lucky to be raised in a stable home with both parents. My parents are now a big part of my children’s lives. Briar and Brad go to their house after school on most days and usually spend two nights a week with them.
I believe the time a person spends with their grandparents is the most special time in the world.
I was blessed to have both sets of my grandparents until my PaPa Tate passed away on the morning of my 23rd birthday. Ten months later I lost my Grandpa Jones and five months after that, my Grandma Jones. My Granny Tate was with us five more years, until July of 2001.
I loved to fish with Grandpa and Grandma Jones, and I will never forget all the afternoons I spent playing slapjack under the shade tree with my PaPa Tate.
Granny Tate was the strongest woman I’ve ever known. She loved life and loved to laugh and have fun. My brothers and I always tried to get her “tickled,” which wasn’t very hard to do.
I think of them often and try to pass their legacy along to Briar and Brad through stories, pictures and home videos. I also hope that I am nurturing the same type of relationship between the boys and my parents. After all, nothing can quite explain or compare to the relationship between a grandparent and grandchild.
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