Courage and Legacy

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Typically I would put this link (below) under the page on this blog “SCI Of Interest.” However, as I look forward to the arrival of our first grandchild, a little girl, I am thinking back on the hopes and dreams I had of being your grandma extraordinaire. A grandma who made her a quilt, traveled to her new home to help her Mommy and Daddy around the house so they could bond with you, and a grandma who would pick you up, cuddle you, and read you book after book after book so I could help you become literate and a book lover just like your parents, uncles and aunts, and grandparents. There is so much of that I will not be able to do such as sew you a quilt on which I can hand quilt the special touches which are always my favorite part of a quilt – keeping the legacy alive from my great-grandma and my grandma who sewed quilts for me that I still treasure. To sew with the two machines I have; one fairly “new” and one the antique, treddle Singer that Great-Grandma used, had converted to electric power, and on which I learned to sew in 4-H as a ten-year-old; require foot-power which I cannot provide. Yes, I could move the power foot to the table-top and use my right hand but to sew neatly enough for small quilt pieces one needs two hands to align the fabric. I cannot fly out for an extended time to help your mommy and daddy because I cannot climb the steps or provide the help around the house they would need. Fortunately, your other grandma is able to do an extraordinary job at that. I cannot pick you up out of your crib because I need one arm to keep myself upright. I would never risk dropping you. I cannot be there in person regularly to sing you lullabies or read those hundreds of nursery rhymes and stories to you. But, I can, as your daddy reminded me, do other things.

Once again, creative problem solving is essential. I have found options beyond traditional quilting. I can hold you, once you’re placed on my lap, and lovingly rub your back, talk with you, and play silly facial games. I can send you short audio tapes of me reading books so you learn my voice and are enriched by the benefits I, as a former reading specialist, understand. We can FaceTime you so you know my voice and enjoy the stories I select to share especially with you. Now, today on TV, Christopher & Dana Reeves’ son read his words to his younger self of what he learned from his parents. This reminds me that I can be there for you in very special ways – even if not it the dreamed-of, more traditional ones. You will learn about love, learning, family, responsibility, character, giving, faith, self-worth, and so much more from us, your parents, and other family members. You are loved even though you are not yet born.

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Phyllis DeHaan
    Jul 17, 2018 @ 14:38:58

    Beautiful 😍

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  2. debbidoo1
    Jul 17, 2018 @ 16:15:25

    Beautiful thoughts!

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  3. Kathy Smith
    Jul 17, 2018 @ 17:58:52

    I believe you will experience grandparenting wonders and benefits that many of us will never know. Enjoy!

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  4. Shirley Kleinfelter
    Jul 17, 2018 @ 18:19:34

    Oh my Collene,

    You are such an admirable person. ANY little tyke would be so proud to have such a special person as “their grandma”. I am one person, though not a grandchild of yours, who is extraordinarily proud to be called “a friend of Collene’s”.

    Love & Blessings,

    Shirley

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  5. EUNICE M BOSSENBROOK
    Jul 17, 2018 @ 21:25:53

    You remind us how your life have forever been changed by your accident and injuries, and at the same time show us how rich life can be when you take time to figure out what really matters. You will be an amazing grandma!

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  6. Kathy Sherman
    Jul 18, 2018 @ 09:50:41

    Collene, what a sweet and creative letter to this baby! She will know you in ways that will be unique and in many ways more profound than the ways you had envisioned. I do believe the Lord is using your “disability” to reveal truths that otherwise would never be discovered. Your openness to the Holy Spirit’s promptings is a marvel. Love you! Yours and His, Kathy

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  7. Kathy Sherman
    Jul 18, 2018 @ 09:53:20

    Collene, what a sweet and creative letter to this baby! She will know you in ways that will be unique and in many ways more profound than the ways you had envisioned. I do believe the Lord is using your “disability” to reveal truths that otherwise would never be discovered. Your openness to the Holy Spirit’s promptings is a marvel.
    Yours and His,
    Kathy

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  8. Elly
    Jul 20, 2018 @ 20:31:14

    You will be — no, you already are — a wonderful grandmother. Your granddaughter will grow to love and cherish you as you already love and cherish her. You will see in one another attributes and traits to which the rest of us will not be party. Yours will be a special and unique love.

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