Both Kendall and Landon looked so nice...dressed up for the service. I asked if I could take a few photos after the memorial.
Kendall was doing her "I won't show my braces smile" when I told her I wanted a real smile. I think the smile shocked Landon!
Wayne's sister in law, gave the eulogy and she did such a nice job. There were smiles and tears. When I was speaking with Debbie after the service she shared that in the days before Wayne died, he would cry whenever they spoke of the grandchildren. He truly loved each and every one of his grands. He was not an emotional or talkative person but his grands brought out a playful side of him.
Now Marvin is the only grandpa for Amelia and Ben's children. It is a heavy burden to bear. Marvin did not have a grandfather when we grew up. He had a great uncle he loved dearly but no grandfather. When he met my Granddaddy Tankersley he felt that for the first time he had a grandfather.
Marvin could not have picked a better one! Granddaddy's birthday was February 19th and I never forget that day. I am blessed to have a great memory of a faithful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. My dear childhood friend, Linda, reminded me of something that I had forgotten. Linda's late mom's birthday was on February 14th. At our little country church they had a small bank that looked like a church and every week, the members with birthdays would come to the front of the church for recognition and a Happy Birthday song from the congregation. The birthday boys and girls had to put some change in the bank.....a penny for each year of your life. Linda reminded me that Janette and Granddaddy always put their money in the bank on the same Sunday. I had forgotten all about that old tradition. Now I am wondering what the money went for.....any ideas Linda?
Just a reminder of how swiftly our every day lives can become a memory. Hug your dear ones a little tighter this week. I am hugging these two grands with some extra loving.