An AltOhio Christmas

​Grammy and Bob-Bob's

Kathleen Finley
​I absolutely love Christmas, and when I look back on all the memories I have, one sticks out in particular. On Christmas Day, my family goes to my grandparents’ house. Grammy and Bob-Bob’s house isn’t very big, but we all pile in for a day of eating, gift giving, and laughter. It ends with most of us grandkids sprawled out on the living room floor asleep.
My grandparents are very dear to me. I’m very grateful to still have them in my life, since most people my age no longer have theirs. Bob-Bob is 91 years old and is still going strong. He was a medic in the Navy during World War II and Korea. He’s been all over the world, from the South Pacific to Japan and Turkey. One of these days I’m going to sit down with him and write down all of the stories he’s told us. I have so much love and respect for him.
Every year, my grandma gives all the grandkids a gift that she made herself. One year it was mittens and a hat, another it was slippers (which I wear all the time). Two years ago, it was Bob-Bob who gave us all gifts. They were small and neatly wrapped. I opened mine to find a picture frame with a prayer in it. “My God I offer thee this day all I shall think, do or say; uniting it with what was done, on earth by Jesus Christ thy son. Amen.” Then Bob-Bob spoke up. “I’ve been saying that prayer every morning since I was a boy. I want you to put it in a place where you’ll see it every day. So when you look at it, you can think of me.” I looked up to see tears in Bob-Bob’s eyes. Well, needless to say, we were all teary eyed at that point.

That was a moment where I truly saw how much my grandpa loves not just me, but his whole family.  He knew that he may not be around much longer and wanted us all to have something to remember him by. I have never been touched by a gift as much as I have with that one. I keep it on my nightstand so I see it every night when I go to bed, and every morning when I wake up. My grandparents came over for dinner this past week and I was reminded of what incredible people they are. I hope I can become half the person they amount to and cherish every moment I have with them.