"Love is the greatest gift that one generation can leave to another."
Family. No two people could have displayed the depths of the importance of this word better than my grandparents. Bruce and Kathy are quite the couple. And I've been lucky enough to have their love in my life since birth.
Being the first grandchild has its perks. Not JUST the first, but the ONLY granddaughter for quite sometime, you might just say I was a little spoiled.
Grandma and grandpa are two of my favorite people. Since I can remember they have always taught me "family first." Grandma and grandpa treasure their children, the word "in-law" is pretty non-existent, they cherish their grandchildren, and their friends they treat as family. It is such an honor and privilege to be loved by them.
Growing up I was blessed to spend a lot of time with my grandma and grandpa. Many holidays, birthdays, recitals, just days hanging out at their house, dinners (grandmas cooking is the best), vacations (jersey shore vacations were my favorite), numerous celebrations; they've been there for it all. They have supported me through so much. No matter what I was doing, or what any of their 13 grandchildren were doing, they were and are so present in all of our lives. From plays, to sports games, to recitals and graduations. They didn't miss a moment and they always let us know how proud they are of us.
My favorite was when grandma worked at the dance studio and she and I would often go next door for pizza and a Snapple. It was always so wonderful to see her face at the studio. No matter what kind of day I was having, she always made it better. She was always there for me no matter what. I felt I could talk to her about anything.
Grandpa has passed down for me his love for wine. Lately I've really enjoyed visiting for dinner and talking to grandpa over wine. He would tell me stories about his life, ask me about mine and never fail to make me laugh.
Grandma and grandpa are two of the realist people I know. They take pride in who they are and in who we are. They never hesitate to tell you how it is. Something that doesn't come easy to me, but I hope to get better at with time.
Over the past few years both grandma and grandpa faced some troubling times with their health. Grandma is a breast cancer survivor, and grandpa very recently suffered from a stroke. During these times they never left each other's sides. Grandpa and grandma take such good care of one another. Some might say they are stubborn, but sometimes you need to be stubborn to push yourself through. They both have an amazing strength and determination. And it is with this strength and determination that they have overcome their battles together. And when grandpa calls grandma to figure out which shows he needs to watch on tv, or grandma takes hold of Cooper to make sure he doesn't get under grandpa's feet as he's walking to the other room, these moments are truly adorable and they show that their love is not only in the big things but also in the details. The love and devotion they have for one another is undeniable. It's inspiring.
Grandma and Grandpa, I am so blessed and lucky to have you as my grandparents. I hope to one day meet someone to share the same kind of love that you share for one another. Thank you for loving me for who I am, for instilling in me strong family values, and for continuing to want to be a part of my life. Not many grandchildren get to experience their grandparents the way I have experienced you guys, and so I cherish every moment spent with you. I love you.