Monday, April 04, 2011

One Amazing Woman

Recently, I had the opportunity to go through some old letters and photos from my family. While I was reading through World War II era letters between my grandmother and my great grandmother, I began to fully understand and appreciate what an amazing woman my grandmother was. She was strong, an adventurer, and a trailblazer for her time.

When she was alive, I didn't realize what my grandmother had gone through -- raising two fine boys as a widower/single mother in the 40's and 50's. Grandma Margaret traveled around the US at a time that it wasn't convenient to 'hop on a plane' for a weekend trip to the other coast; she adventured to life in New York, North Carolina, and Minneapolis.

She struggled, and yet she succeeded. I just wish that I had understood how amazing she was while she was still around. Instead, I will have to be content with sitting back and appreciating my family history, and the contribution that my grandmother made to our family. Thank you for who you are and all that you did, Grandma!