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Grandparent Wisdom

Updated on June 11, 2016
My father with his parents (my grandparents)
My father with his parents (my grandparents) | Source

I feel very fortunate to have known my grandparents on both sides as I grew up. They are close to my heart and mind, even though they have gone to the other side of the veil. I cannot thank them enough for the kindness and love they have shown me.

I would like to share a few of the things I admire about my grandparents, and what it has taught me.

My Grandpa and Grandma Anderson
My Grandpa and Grandma Anderson | Source
Grandma and Grandpa Anderson and family My father is the oldest child
Grandma and Grandpa Anderson and family My father is the oldest child | Source

My father's parents have a special place in my heart. They lived in Sanpete County, Utah in a small home in Fairview where they raised four sons and one daughter. My parents moved about an hour away from my grandparents when I was only four years old, but we made trips to visit with them every month. I remember well their porch swing and the beautiful flower garden. My grandpa worked very hard on his farm raising sheep, chickens and growing a vegetable garden. He also attended college and got a teaching degree. He taught woodworking and metals, and made some very beautiful things with his hands. Grandpa Hugh was a great example and a loving grandfather.

Here are a few of the things he taught me:

  • Strive for excellence
  • The value of work
  • Education is important
  • Believe in yourself and the Lord

My paternal grandmother was a small lady with a big heart. She baked some of the tastiest lamb, bread, and cakes ever. She preserved the fruits and vegetables they grew by canning them each summer. I especially loved her pickled beets. She also made yummy jams and jellies. She could serve up a bounteous Thanksgiving feast for all of us. She loved music and had an organ in her home. Grandma Gladys had a wonderful alto voice and I am also an alto. She also loved art and took art classes at a university. I have one of her pastel paintings in my home.

Here are a few of the things she taught me:

  • Love of art
  • Love of music
  • Homemaking skills
  • Importance of taking care of yourself (she took a nap every day - lived until 91)

Grandpa and Grandma Christensen and our family. Grandma didn't like having her picture taken so she didn't smile, but she is usually very funny.
Grandpa and Grandma Christensen and our family. Grandma didn't like having her picture taken so she didn't smile, but she is usually very funny. | Source
My mother and her brothers
My mother and her brothers | Source

My maternal grandparents also lived in Sanpete county, Utah in a small town called Moroni. They raised my mother and four boys in a very small house. My grandfather was not a healthy person, and struggled to work and take care of his family. He had several operations and was in pain most of the time I knew him, but he kept a garden growing and stored the food in a cellar so they would always have food. He worked as a janitor at the high school for many years, and did his best to provide for his wife and children. Sanpete county raises turkeys, and my grandparents worked together in the turkey plant once the children were older.

What my Grandpa Harold taught me:

  • Endurance through trials
  • Always prepare for the future
  • Family is important
  • Humility

My Grandmother, who I am named after, was an excellent homemaker. She made the most delicious rolls I have tasted! She used the water from the boiled potatoes in the batter. Grandma was very clean, and kept her home immaculate. She was always knitting beautiful afghans, baby clothes, and blankets for friends and family. My wedding dress was made by her too. She had a lovely sense of humor and I loved to hear her laugh. Although Grandpa was often sick, she had a good attitude, and I rarely ever saw her sad and depressed.

What Grandma Ruth taught me:

  • Be clean even if you don't have much
  • Make the best of your situation
  • Handcrafted gifts are best
  • Make delicious food for your husband

I look forward to being reunited with my wonderful grandparents in the next life. I often think of them and the things they were able to accomplish during their lifetime. They have left a legacy for all of their offspring to follow.


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