The Importance of YES.
On Monday night my mother called me up and asked me if I could do lunch with her and my grandmother on Tuesday afternoon.
My first reaction was, “Absolutely!”
But then I realized that my Tuesday was JAM-PACKED with things to do and I wasn’t sure if (or how) I was going to be able to make it happen.
I had a news segment, 2 conference calls, volunteering in William’s class, meeting downtown in Providence, school pick-up, CCD drop-off, CCD pick-up and then swim team for 2 hours with the boys. I asked my mother if there was anyway we could do lunch from 11:30-12:30PM, just so I could definitely make it. My mom said, “Not a problem!”
When my friend Cathy stopped by earlier in the day, I was telling her about my day and she said, “Oh, lunch with your mom and grandma, that sounds nice!”
I told her about my day and how I asked my mother to change the time of lunch so I could definitely make it. I told Cathy, “I probably should have said NO because it’s a crazy day, but I wanted to say YES… so I’m going to make it work.”
And then lunch began.
And to see my grandmother’s eyes light up with 3 of her ladies (my sister surprised us and joined, too!) was priceless. We chatted about fashion (her love!), food, the upcoming holidays, the boys and her health. It was an important hour. It was a genuine hour. It was an hour I couldn’t have missed because my heart would have broke.
It’s tough to see your grandparents aging. She’s so hard of hearing now that it’s tough to see her ask us to repeat things, I can tell it frustrates her. My grandmother is a gem, a true gem.
My friend Cathy wrote on Facebook after lunch, “Worth the YES, huh?”
Oh, yes. Worth the YES. Always. And anytime she’s free to meet.
If your grandparents are around, call them today. Check in. Send a card. Make a connection, it means so very much.