Too busy?

I’m so sorry I’m just now posting. My Grandmother, who also happens to be one of the best friends I ever had and really more of a 2nd mother than a Grandmother, is very ill and it seems as if she will only be with us another few days. She’s 93. While sitting with her last night and thinking about what I will remember most about her (besides her cooking!) the same thought kept coming to mind…..three words that never came out of her mouth were “I’m too busy”. She was never too busy to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner FROM SCRATCH every day for anyone who showed up. She was never too busy to take care of sick grandchildren whose parents needed to work when they needed to be home from school. She was never too busy to play baseball and run the bases in 100 degree weather. She was never too busy to take a walk downtown to Woolworth’s to get a milkshake. She was never too busy to tell you a story. She was never too busy to sit on the porch swing with you when no one would play with you. She was never too busy to stay up and watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. She was never too busy to teach you how to cook or make her super secret carmel icing. Everyone gathered at her house. She was always home in the kitchen or in the garden planning the next meal or waiting to see who needed her for something. She’s never not been available. Now it’s our time to take care of her. And I will think twice from now on before I tell my daughter or friends or parents that “I’m too busy”. More on my love of the farming life next week………………

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About Wendy Gray

Born and raised in Staunton, Wendy left small town life for college in Richmond only to return to back to her cherished hometown. She's been working for Polyface since February 2008 doing PR/Mktg, helping to run the farm store, assisting Joel with his busy schedule, organizing special events on the farm and in the community, bugging Daniel and planting herbs wherever she can find space!

8 Responses to Too busy?

  1. Kristin says:

    Your grandmother sounds lovely! What a great reminder to make room in your life for the most important things- people 🙂 xoxo

  2. Casie says:

    What a wonderful post about your Grandmother. Sounds a lot like mine too. Wishing her and your family peace in this difficult time.

  3. Brie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing about your grandmother, Wendy. What a special lady. Your family is in my thoughts this evening.

  4. Sheri says:

    Such a precious post about your precious grandmother. Thank you for the reminder. I love you!

  5. Christy says:

    We have been fortunate to have our grandmothers, wonderful women that they are, for as long as we have!

  6. kasi says:

    I never had a grandmother, so my husbands filled the spot. When she passed away we were devastated. I learned so much from her and I miss her so much. Cherish the memories that you have and know that you and your family are in my thoughts today.

  7. Karen says:

    the stay at home mom has become the stay at home grandmother available when the parents have to work … and when she's gone?
    How many of us have been lucky enough to also be a stay at home mom? How many will be able to continue to stay at home …
    Now that my boy is in school, the pressure is on to get a job!
    I sooooooooo seek a way, an extended family or a co-op arrangement, so a very small number of us can stay at home on the farm, to tend all the work that need be done, to run a CSA and a day care and a life skills learning center and serve meals … and care for my boy …
    and still be able to get out and about or have a day job or a social life …

  8. Dahl says:

    That Awesome story!