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Gratitude Bonus Round 8

Today I am thankful for my grandparents.
My grandparents have played a significant part in my life.
The day Husband and I got engaged

They have been at every sports game, dance recital, school play, awards ceremony, graduation, special event, in my life.
I was blessed beyond measure to have had all four, in their first marriages, and living, for 25 years.
The day my Papaw Es passed away, I thought my heart had been ripped to pitiful shreds that could never be healed (read my post about him here).
My grandparents were my childhood. I stayed at my Granny’s almost every day (and a lot of nights) after school. She was my Sunday school teacher, piano lesson enforcer, cookie making instructor, and cook extraordinaire!
My Papaw Es always smelled like spearmint chewing gum, made the cheesiest jokes you’ve ever heard, never left me without saying I love you, and to this day is the best gardner I’ve ever known.
My Mamaw Gaye is beautiful on the inside out. Her snow white hair has always been a fascination of mine, and her tender heart is something I strive to imitate every day. 
And my Papaw Joe is almost too much for words. He has a personality as big as the universe, and his hugs make you just want to get lost in them. His mischievous and fun-loving character brings a smile to the face of anyone that meets him. 
They are all my heros in each of their own ways.

At this stage in my life they are less of the extension of my parents that I used to see them as, and more like friends, except they still spoil you to pieces.
Like driving 1500 miles in an RV to visit you in South Dakota (and staying two weeks so you don’t have to be home alone while your husband is away for work).

And facing their fears of flying so that they can make sure their granddaughter has enough food and decent shelter out on the prairie land.

Grandparent’s are like awesome angels sent directly by God.
Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.  ~Author Unknown

What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance.  They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life.  And, most importantly, cookies.  ~Rudolph Giuliani

Grandchildren don’t stay young forever, which is good because Pop-pops have only so many horsey rides in them.  ~Gene Perret

Uncles and aunts, and cousins, are all very well, and fathers and mothers are not to be despised; but a grandmother, at holiday time, is worth them all.  ~Fanny Fern

A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart.  ~Author Unknown

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