I’m Thankful for Grandmas

Happy Thanksgiving everyone 🙂

While I was at the Toledo Main Library for my art show, I had a chance to stop in the children’s department.  If you haven’t been there, GO!  You’re in for a treat.  I especially like the fish tank celebrating The Rainbow Fish.  But I also saw something new.

The installation in the above photo depicts a scene from the book Abuela by Arthur Dorros.  I’d never actually read this book, but I was so moved by the piece that I went home and requested the book from my library.  It’s about a girl who is always going places with her Abuela.  (Abuela means grandmother in Spanish.)  One day the girl wonders what it would be like to fly.  Readers are then taken on a flight of the imagination, following this girl and her grandmother on their adventures together soaring above the city.

After seeing this art installation and then reading this book, I could not help but think of my relationship with my own grandmother who passed away last fall.  She was one of my first teachers and taught me how to play the piano when I was young.  I would not trade anything for our time together sitting at the piano bench.  I learned many lessons beyond how to read and play the notes.  She taught me the importance of finishing what you started and never giving up, even if that means playing the same refrain over and over because you’ve forgotten the rest.  The show must go on!

I know the show must go on even now that she is gone, but I feel like a piece of her is still with me, cheering me on, as I continue on my life’s journey toward publication.  I still remember those Sunday dinners together.  I will be thinking of her as I sit down with my family for Thanksgiving.  I hope you have a chance to be with those people who are near and dear to your heart.  Don’t forget to tell them you love them and give them a hug to show you mean it.

We’re heading into the season of wishes and miracles.  If I had one wish, it would be to go flying with my grandma, even if it’s only in my dreams…

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