A Visit With My Grandmother

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A Visit With My Grandmother

I was reading an article this morning in Blueprint for Life about a woman who was visiting her hometown and she was asked by a friend,“Is there anything you will regret not doing if you don’t do it before you leave?”

This resonated with me because my husband and I had a discussion recently on the same topic. I had been talking about visiting my 91 year old grandmother for some time and kept putting it off because of time constraints, cost ……. So many excuses. My husband finally told me to plan the trip to visit her and we would make it work.  My niece, in the meantime, told me that her daughter’s dance troupe was invited to dance in the Disneyland parade one week before Christmas. Since my grandmother lives in the LA area, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to see both my grandmother and my grandniece all on the same vacation.

We schedule a time to visit my Grandmother and I asked her if we could do a little mini photo shoot with Image
her.  I coordinated the vacation with my son Cameron so he could meet us in LA during his Christmas break. Luckily, Cameron has a photo business, Cameron Baughn Photography, and I could put his skills to work for the photo shoot. My Grandmother has always loved getting her picture taken and was happy that we were coming for a visit.

My Grandmother, Opal, still has a lot of spirit in her and is a lovely Redhead. I love her attitude and and when she gets passionate about a story she is telling her Oklahoma accent gets stronger and stronger. My Grandmother is half Choctaw Indian and has the most amazing cheek bones and defined jawline which she inherited from her Indian side.  She has always had amazing skin that she attributes to staying out of the California sun. Raised in poverty in Oklahoma, she later moved to LA and raised six children with my Grandpa. She has been married to Ivan, her second husband and love of her life as she describes him, for 54 years. Grandma is well loved by her 15 grandkids, 29 great grandkids and 12 great great grandkids!

Image 6My Grandmother was telling me that she loves her hats and showed us her hat collection. She was telling us that nobody at her current church wears hats so her hats stay in their hat boxes. She is going to be starting a new church soon and hopes that the ladies there wear hats so she can pull hers out and wear them too. Each hat has a matching outfit and my favorite was the one in the picture below. She has a velvet coat with fur that she wears with this hat, which thought was very stunning. I suggested to her that her hats are so wonderful that she should wear them regardless if anyone else is wearing a hat and she should start a trend. She was telling me a story about a young boy who came up to her one day when she was wearing the hat in the photo with the beautiful plush coat with fur. The boy told her she was the most beautiful person he had ever seen. She was so flattered and it brought a smile to her face.

My hope for you as we close 2014 is to live intentionally. Is there someone you have been meaning to visit or a friend you have put off calling? Well now is the time! Live intentionally in 2015 and cross off all those things that you keep saying you should do in the future and put them in your schedule now. I am so happy that I took the time to visit my Grandmother and had an opportunity to visit and take photos of her.

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I love hats too! Come join us in 2015 and feel beautiful with us! Lots of love as we close out 2014,  Karen Rae

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3 responses »

  1. I think I should start trying on hats now! hehe Thanks so much for the article, Aunt Karen. I miss Great Grandma and all of you so very much.
    That is the biggest downside of living abroad here in Japan…

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