These are my Grandparents….my Popa and Dodie. I still wear Dodie’s jewelry with utmost pride.
Aren’t they beautiful?
Today my Popa would have been 89. He died almost 15 years ago, leaving a legacy in the Simms household.
But that’s okay. I love who they are in this photo…..fabulous and untouchable.
My Great-grandfather did quite a lot of genealogy research to find that we are descendants of the Mayflower.
My Popa was quite proud of our lineage. Every Thanksgiving he reminded us that we are from a tough, proud, prideful stock.
In the first year, the pilgrims lost 56 of the 102 who sailed over.
And they still found reasons to be grateful.
On November 25, 2010, our first holiday and four months after Samantha’s death, we found reasons to be grateful.
I am grateful that my other set of Grandparents joined us; my Grandma Clem and Grandpa Al. Who has so many grandparents on the eve of 40???
I am grateful for the turkey button that pops when the turkey is done. I am thrilled I produced a golden-brown, beautiful turkey.
I am grateful that my friends tried to talked me out of a potato ricer. I didn’t listen but I am still grateful that you cared. And by the way, you were right.
I am grateful for a family who loves us….who shares in our pain, our triumphs, and in our ultimate, evolving love for our girl.
We have endured our hardships this year but we gathered around a table with pride, happiness,love and that stubborn determination……
You got that right Pilgrim.
Happy Birthday Popa.