|Youngest, Ashley feeding Grammie toast dipped in coffee|
A mother of eight, grandmother to (gosh, I've lost count!) over 40, and a great-grandmother to (again, lost count) I believe eleven now, she loved us all the same. That woman had more love (and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper!) in her heart than anyone else on this earth. She even loved the homeless man on the corner who pushed a wobbly cart, full of all his possessions. I wouldn't be surprised to learn she'd picked him up every Sunday and hauled him to church with her. She was like that. She loved us all, no matter what.
Today's post is about honor. Honoring your craft. When I said earlier that Grammie was one of my biggest fans, I wasn't kidding. Throughout her home, adorning her walls, still hangs my art. My juvenile, first attempts with oil paints, decorate almost every room. Just thinking about walking through her home, collecting all of them to take home with me, will be difficult.
She, of all the people in my life, honored my craft. She was my biggest fan. She honored my artistry more than I do. If she could've strung my stories up page by page across her home, she would've. Every single time I was in her precious company, she asked me about my writing. She really asked me. Not just to make conversation, she really wanted to know about it. She had the beautiful gift of making everyone around her feeling as if they were the most special person in the world.
Honor thy craft. She did. She crocheted. Knitting is an art, same as painting, writing, dancing, etc. One of the ways she honored her craft is she taught others. The week before her stroke, she had two of her lovely granddaughters over, attempting to teach them to knit. Those sweet young ladies knitted by her side, in the hospital her entire stay, which was well over two months. I found a sweet post about crocheting and honoring the craft, you can read it here: Do you honor your craft? Whatever your craft is, honor it.
In loving memory of Grammie. I promise to honor my craft. I will write until my heart's content.
"Whether you make the most of an opportunity depends on if you are prepared. Learn your craft, every aspect of it. Eat it, drink it, sleep it, then when you are the most prepared, you can make the most of it. "