(A forewarning . . . this is the kind of piece that grandmas have permission to post.)
We have many reasons, of course, to do what we do. But we often talk about wanting to leave the world a better place for future generations. This is, indeed, a grand aspiration. I hold it too.
In the close-up fabric of my life, however, these “future generations’ are embodied, tangibly, in my grandkids. I’m lucky enough to share two – Livia and Henry – with quite a handful of other grandparents. A few moments from the past few years reinforce Grandma Anne’s commitment to working for a better future.
A trip to the locks in the summer.
A water taxi ride to West Seattle.
Dancing in Grandma Anne’s former home in the last hour she lived there (2013).
Making gifts and funny faces.
Finding a new friend on a walk down the alley.
Sitting and sipping and watching the world go by.
Discovering the silliness of a selfie.
And a sister and brother who love each other.