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September 19, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – 091411

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell 


This week’s On The Bright Side is in honor of all grandparents and great-grandparents living and deceased.  National Grandparents Day is officially observed on Sunday, September 11 but I believe every day of the year should be a day to express love to grandparents, young and old.


Grandparents are part of our heritage whether they are in their thirties or above the age of 100.  We can learn from them.  They have already experienced life and we can follow in their footsteps.


Every day I see sadness on the faces of grandparents who make their home at Hemphill Care Center. These friends seemingly have been forgotten by their grandchildren.  It breaks my heart to think that children fail to bring their little ones to visit their grandparents.


Grandparents and great-grandparents are so special. They take the time to do little things the parents don’t have time to do with their little ones. They can read stories, teach grandchildren how to make cookies or play the piano.  They may be the first ones to take the grandchildren fishing or to see a national league baseball or football game. 


I remember my grandparents.  My Granddaddy Thorp died when I was barely four.  I have a vivid memory of him sitting in his big red chair while he smoked his pipe.  I remember the day he died.  Seeing him being covered with a sheet made a last impression on me.


My Grand Mother Mam Howell and Granny Thorp came to spend three weeks with us in our Hemphill home.  While they were there, they quilted a beautiful “Rainbow Around The World” quilt for me.  After almost 60 years, the quilt remains one of my most treasured possessions.


Pap Howell was a man of small stature but he had a big heart.  He enjoyed rocking me.  He lived to be 92 years of age.


My Granny Thorp was “sharp as a tack” and loved to play dominoes and forty-two.  I had the privilege of playing with her just one week before she died at the age of 96.


Although my sisters and I lived 600 miles from our grandparents, we felt close to them and felt loved by them. They always welcomed us with open arms and they prepared all our favorite food to eat.


Let us not forget to thank God for grandparents.

September 14, 2011


Mary and her friend, Kim

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