Sponsored post by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own. #BeautyIs
Yesterday – Mother’s Day.
I wish I could get through that day without tears, but the memories flood in. I often travel for the weekend, creating a new tradition to replace the old, but the reminders are still there when away from home. Three generations seen together in airports are harsh reminders of what I’ve lost. Though my mother has been gone for 10 years, I try to think of the women who have continued to impact my life since she left.
The ones who helped get me through the trenches of grief in those early days.
The ones who helped give my daughter a glimpse of the kind of grandma my mom would have been to her.
The ones who encourage me as I navigate this world as a mom.
I don’t know what I’d do without them. Many of them, friends, have seemed like angels sent down with a mission from my mom. It would be just like her to do that!
I’m one of the lucky ones in life who enjoyed all four grandparents well into adulthood.
Still in her 90s, I have one grandmother still in my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful. In fact, we often giggle about how she has to live until 100 because she’s the stability in my family. Only thing is, she’s now approaching 100, so I think I need to “up” that age. I’ve needed her these past 10 years.
When I think of Grandma, I wouldn’t describe her as the traditional grandma you’d expect to meet, though…..
- Grandma does bake cookies. And oh, they are the best cookies hands down. Chocolate Chip Cookies that melt in your mouth. In fact, both my sister and I have tried to replicate her recipe and they never turn out right.
- Grandma does sew. In fact, Grandma taught me to sew and embroider as a young girl, something I consider sort of a lost art. I don’t know many who can anymore.
Aside from these things, I wouldn’t call her traditional. If there was one word I’d use to describe Grandma, it would be REAL.
You see, Grandma isn’t much of a hugger. Most people wouldn’t characterize her as the sweet one. But she is very REAL.
She says it like it is. She is the embodiment of speaking her mind, even when it’s not the popular opinion. Peer pressure has never gotten to her. She’s not easily impressed with status, wealth or celebrity. These character traits made her an interesting lady of her era and I’ve always admired them in her.
The last ten years have taken their toll on my family. For Grandma, the decade has softened her in a way. Before Mom’s death, I never saw her cry at the drop of a hat. Now that’s all changed. In her 90-some years, she’s been through so much…..watched my grandfather go off to war, lost a brother and a nephew in those early years, survived a breast cancer diagnosis yet lost her daughter to the same, and buried a husband and daughter within 3 months time.
#BeautyIs REAL. That’s my Grandma in a nutshell. And I will cherish her for as many years left as I can.
You see that Dove bar soap above? It’s engraved with that word….REAL. Couldn’t be a more fitting word to put on a Dove bar as that’s the bar soap my Grandma has used for decades. It’s a smell I associate with Grandma’s house.
For the first time in nearly 60 years, the iconic Dove is changing its look to celebrate the women who inspire us. Each bar (available at Walmart) will be engraved with a word to symbolize the impact women have:
I can think of women in my life who are the embodiment of each of these words. Can’t you?
These limited edition Dove products are available right now at Walmart. I found a box of 6 for only $6.00. I have these throughout the house right now – wonderful for guest bathrooms or for inclusion in an extra special gift basket!
Dove knows how important women are in our lives. And I couldn’t be more proud to support them.
What woman inspires you? What word would you use to describe them?