As most of you have noticed, I designed a new header yesterday. What most of you probably don't know, is that the pictures on my header are all from my grandparents basement. I'm always fascinated by the look of old things and even more fascinated by old things that belong in my family.
The best thing I found was a writing from one of my grandpa's school books. It was for a Civics class. The writing assignment was about family. Here is just a bit of what he wrote:
"An ideal home is a place where one can enjoy himself after a hard days work. A home where love always exists between husband and wife and family. A place where one who has troubles can go to mend them. A place where kindness always exists."
My grandpa passed away a few years ago. He never got to meet my husband. I know he would have really liked him.
My grandpa always had a very strong work ethic and definitely passed this on to my father. I have the very best father ever. If anyone wants to have a competition, bring it. :) I can see where my father learned about the importance of family, which he exampled for my sisters, my brother and myself. In a way, this statement by my grandpa defines my family.
I grew up in a home where my father was very hardworking. I grew up in a home where my dad undoubtedly loved my mother and all of us kids. I grew up in a home where we did mend our troubles and the troubles of others. I can't tell you how many times I remember other family or friends coming over to talk with my parents about a problem. I grew up in a home where there was always kindness. We had our moments, but my parents never put us down or discouraged us kids (or each other) in any way.
It's so interesting how the values of one generation are passed down to the next. My grandpa and I were very different people, from our political and societal views to our personalities. After reading what he wrote, I know that despite our differences, we had one very important thing in common: our views on family. I only wish other families could be as lucky as mine.
I will keep posting about the pictures in my header and the things I find in my grandparents basement. I hope you all have a wonderful evening.