Today I got the news that my Grandma Davidson had passed away. Living in Japan it is moments like these that make you wish you were closer to home. I am not one to mourn death but I like to celebrate life. So I want to share a bit about Grandma Davidson’s life and memories that I have.
She was 89 and lived a full life. Grandma D was a beautiful lady. The last time I saw Grandma D, Matt and I had taken her some cake to the farm just before we moved to Japan in February. She had just come back from a day out on the town by visiting the doctor and doing her grocery shopping. She had a sharp mind and still able to get around pretty well. We shared some good laughs and good conversation.
My Grandma Davidson lived on a farm her whole life. That lifestyle made her an incredibly strong lady. She was extremely supportive and took care of her family and maintained the balance of life on a farm. As a young kid I spent many days on the farm. I remember around age 7 Grandma and I would make sandwiches and take it to the guys in the field during wheat harvest. I loved harvest and helping Grandma.
Some things I learned from Grandma:
- Life can be simple. My Grandma lived a simple life on a dairy farm in rural Kansas. She was love and support for her family. She never went far but she taught me if you just focus on what is important to you, that is all that matters in life.
- You don’t have to educate yourself to be rich, just learn to be happy. Grandma didn’t care what you did in life. She just cared if we were happy.
- Pay attention to the people you care about. Grandma Davidson always took care of her family.
- Work hard and love harder. This is how Grandma lived her life and that was evident in her everyday actions.
Grandma was always one to tell stories so as a kid my memories are of her telling us stories like they came from a book. Her memory was always so vivid. Her body gave out before her mind. My sister Kim had a school project and with my old phone, I took a video of one of Grandma’s many stories. I wanted to share because I know many others know her love for sharing stories and this is just one I have recorded.
Grandma went peacefully surrounded by family. Not being able to attend her funeral is heartbreaking. She is so special and loved, I want to hear people sharing their stories and the joy she brought to other people’s lives. I want to be with my family sharing in memories of the life she lived.
Here is Grandma Davidson just 2 years ago at Christmas. Since it is between the holidays, being away from my family and losing a loved one makes that homesick feeling even stronger.
What Grandma D left was how she made people around her feel so blessed to be in her life. Through her family, she still lives. Here is a poem that sums it all up:
A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we’ll eternally keep.
Legacy of Love – By Author Unknown
Grandma Davidson, you are amazing and touched the heart of many in so many ways. You will always have a special place in my heart. May you rest in peace with Grandpa and know you were such a blessing in my life. I love you Grandma Davidson.