The Art of The Real Us - Do you have any particularly vivid memories of your grandparents?

Dated: May 9 2022

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The Art of The Real Us - Series By: Heather Konsor

ASKED: Do you have any particularly vivid memories of your grandparents?

I have so many memories of my grandparents! My grandpa on my Dad’s side passed away when I was only 7 years old, but I still remember him so vividly. He was a photographer and he had his own darkroom in the basement. My sister and I would love to go down and watch him work on the pictures. I loved watching the photos develop on his little string he had hung! He was also really good with woodwork. Back then he only had me and my sister as grandkids and he spoiled us! One year (I think for Christmas) he made us a set of our own ironing boards and irons he made in his shop! I still have them to this day!

My grandma on my Dads side was truly one of my absolute favorite people that has ever lived! She made me feel like I was her whole world. She had the most beautiful hands. I remember she kept them so nice. I used to look at those hands and hope that mine were as beautiful as hers someday. Her name was Ellen and she was a true picture of a Godly woman. She also had a great voice and I LOVED sitting next to her in church and listen to her sing the hymns. When I found out that I was pregnant with my first daughter as a senior in HS I was so scared to tell her! I never wanted to disappoint her & I knew the news would devastate her.

Instead of being upset- she cried and said, “ Honey, there is nothing that you could ever do that would make me love you any less. This baby is a gift from God and we will raise it and love it like we are called to do.” She was one of a kind. She left this earth on Sept. 11, 2001. The same day our nation was attacked and it wrecked me for a long time. I still think about her almost every day!

My grandparents on my Moms side lived a long way from us when we were growing up, so I didn’t get to see them as often. They lived in a small town in ND and it took us 10 hours to get there. When we traveled we would get to this little town named Noonan. It was about 15 minutes from their house and we knew we were getting close! I’m sure we drove my parents crazy with our excitement! Grandma was always waiting at the front door and usually with something she just baked.

My grandpa Jim was in construction. He was a big teddy bear! They had 10 kids and LOTS of grandkids, but I was the oldest of them. I loved going to his woodshop and see what he had been up to! He was a quiet but oh-so-loving man. I think I saw him cry more often than anyone else in my life! LOL, He wore his heart on his sleeve and loved his family with all of his being! He passed pretty suddenly and it was devastating to our family. He is greatly missed!

Grandma Ardis was one of a kind! She loved kids! ALL kids! There was always a baby or toddler on her lap if she wasn’t in the kitchen making something! Gifts of service was definitely her love language and she was so good at it. That woman could also play the piano! She played for her church for as long as I can remember. She taught piano lessons to many and has quite a few family members who followed in her footsteps. She was the kindest woman. I never saw her mad, I never heard her say a mean thing about anyone, she was gentle, soft-spoken and had a heart for God!

All in all I have GREAT memories of every single grandparent I was blessed to have in my life! I was super blessed to grow up in a home where the legacies of my grandparents live on!

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