I was driving along the other day when I saw a cop car with its flashers on and behind it was a hearse and the accompanying family/friend cars followed behind. I immediately pulled over and waited for the funeral processional to pass, when low and behold I looked and saw other cars driving along, not bothering to stop and wait for just 1 minute to allow the cars to pass.
Can I tell you HOW MUCH it annoyed me? So much that I wanted to jump out of my car and hit them because I felt like they were being so rude and disrespectful. Is it a southern thing or do people just not know that is the “rule”??
In this day and age, I feel like so many people have lost respect for our elders…we are told that growing old is a bad thing and that we should try to look as youthful as possible. As much as I am all for trying to look and feel young, I think there are definite benefits to aging.
For me, I relish in the fact that I have grandparents who are still relatively young. One benefit of my mother having me at such a young age was the fact that I was able to go everywhere with Gran and Papa. If they went on vacation, I was with them and I have so many fond memories of my childhood that include G&P and their matching attire (yes, they ALWAYS wear outfits that color coordinate and it is THE cutest thing in the world).
What I am trying to say is that when you get a chance to hang out with family, or you have an opportunity to sit down and listen to your elders tell stories, listen…I am constantly finding out new things about my family, or fun experiences they’ve encountered on their journey when I take the time to ask. They won’t be here forever so I am always wanting to spend quality time with them to learn, grow, and know, and pass on that knowledge to Caroline and Carson, too.
Recently, I was at G&P’s house and Papa recapped stories from when they were freshly married (he was 17 and my grandmother was 16), he was in the Navy, they lived in Germany, and I couldn’t help but get teary-eyed when they shared these incredible life experiences with me. They lived with a German family who spoke little English, my grandmother was pregnant with my Aunt Denise, and they were just trying to make ends meet the best they knew how. I’m proud of the legacy my grandparents have made for my family and I, and what they have accomplished during their lifetime never ceases to amaze me. My grandfather worked two jobs, and my grandmother worked when their three girls were in school so that they could give them more in life than they had…college educations, braces on their teeth, the list goes on and on. I can never repay what they have done for each one of us, but I always try to find ways to let them know how amazing they are, and how we are who we are today because of their sacrifices and always putting family first. Coming from nothing, they did their best, worked extremely hard, and have left a lasting impact their family is extremely proud of…thanks Gran and Papa, I am forever indebted to you.