Wise Words.

Today would have been my grandparents 58th wedding anniversary. In fact, they were together for more than 60 years as a couple. 60 years!

Weren't they a gorgeous couple?

For the first time last year, we celebrated Christmas day at my parents’ house. My grandparents had hosted it for years, but a few weeks before the holiday my grandma hurt her knee and wasn’t feeling up to it. We had no idea that it would actually be her last Christmas.

At one point in the evening, Mr. How Sweet and I were in my parents’ foyer hugging and kissing and doing whatever newlyweds do. My grandma walked out of the bathroom and almost smacked into us as we were kissing, with a slightly embarrassed, “Ohh!.”

As our cheeks turned bright red, we fully expected her (the elegant, classy lady) to keep on walking. Instead, she turned around and walked toward us and whispered, “That is good. Never stop doing that. Don’t ever stop. You always do that.”

I will never forget that moment. Truer words have never been spoken. There has never been a lack of affection in our family, and throughout my entire life it has been quite clear that my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are still so in love. I am so lucky. I learned so much from her, but that, perhaps, is the most significant.

Yes, that's Mother Lovett's little white head in the corner.

Even though today will be difficult for my grandpa, he has mentioned countless times over the last 9 months how lucky he was that he got to spend 60+ years with such an incredible woman. They were no one else like her.

I can only hope to be so lucky.

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72 Responses to “Wise Words.”

  1. #
    Amanda — November 30, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    *totally crying out loud and now must stop and go get a tissue*

    Such a lovely post… and you are right on… WISE WORDS!!!


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    Blond Duck — November 30, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

    This made me cry. How sweet. What a wonderful woman she was.


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    Kim in MD — November 30, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    Aawww…what a sweet post, Jessica!


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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — November 30, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    I so love stories like that! Makes me tear up! Great pictures too!


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    CaSaundra — November 30, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    This is such a heartfelt post–thanks for sharing!


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    Chrissy — November 30, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    I got one that will make you tear up. My BFF’s grandpa had brain cancer and Alzheimer’s, and toward the end, we went over to see him and took a cake. He and I were talking, and he kept repeating himself and asking who I was, and then, out of the blue, he leans toward me and says quietly, “You see that girl over there?” and he points to Maggie’s grandmother. I said, “Yes.” And he said, “That’s MY girl. Isn’t she beautiful?”

    I start to cry every time I tell that story… this time being no exception.


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    Diane — November 30, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    A gorgeous couple indeed. God bless. :)


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    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries — November 30, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    Beautiful, Jess. Just beautiful. I’m so happy for you that you have such a close family. There truly is nothing more important.


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    Nat — November 30, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

    That story makes my heart smile. :)


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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — November 30, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

    Aw, you just brought a tear to my eye! So sweet :)


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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing — December 1, 2010 @ 3:15 am

    That is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.


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    RhodeyGirl — December 1, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

    Of course here I am crying reading this post!

    You have a beautiful family.


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    Grandpa M — December 3, 2010 @ 1:18 am

    Jessica I wish I knew the words to respond to you about your blog comments
    It makes us feel that if we had some influence on you it sure has been worth it.
    I am sure your Grandma is happy and proud looking down on you. You help me
    cry but the tears are less often & are turning from sadness to joy as I contemplate being blessed with such a wonderfull wife,children & grandchildren
    I will always love you,




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