I was just about to get started on a PowerPoint presentation I need to complete for my leadership course, when I looked over to my left and noticed the picture of my Grandpa Leroy that sits on my bookshelf. Although he is not looking at the camera, it is one of my favorite pictures of him. The picture was taken the day of my wedding. He has his hair combed to one side, as usual, and he is reviewing the notes for the upcoming ceremony. At the time the picture was taken, I had no idea what was about to happen. Little did I know that my gramps was preparing to perform my marriage ceremony.
Right now, a new picture is framed and waiting to be hung on the wall. My Aunt Cam sent me an 8×10 of Grandpa Leroy and Grandma Orpha. The picture was taken when they were young and oh-so-in-love. Gramps has his legs tucked up in front of him in a kind of “Indian” style, and my grandma is sitting next to him with her hands folded in her lap. She is looking at him with the most loving expression. You can tell she is crazy about him.
Looking at these two pictures of my grandpa made me realize something truly special. Grandpa had no idea who or what he would become in life. At the time that this picture was taken, he maybe already had aspirations of becoming a minister, but did he know the great things he would do? Little did he know that he would have eleven grandchildren who would love him like crazy. Little did he know that he would change the lives of incarcerated men. Little did he know the health problems he would so soon begin to endure. Little did he know that he would have to watch his beloved wife battle and beat breast cancer.
Life is so unexpected! We have so much room to grow as individuals. The people we are today are important, but the people we will be in the years to come are going to be even better. Hopefully each of us will leave a legacy that not only we can be proud of but that our children and grandchildren can be proud of as well.
Wishing You Well,
The Displaced City Girl