I remember Princess Becca. A smart dresser even then. When we took a picture she turned and quipped “Again” so somehow we knew she’d be her very own kind of royalty.
Then I saw a sensitive side when Grandpa Mac was so very sick with a dreadful cancer and she patiently sat (across the room due to his low immunity) and talked quietly yet clearly to him about his hospitalizations, and life. She listened well since his voice was almost gone. What a caring person!
One year she taught us what she learned in Music Appreciation. She and the other grandkids could identify many of my favorite pieces. I was so impressed.
There were so many good times: taking a nature walk on the property in Colorado, returning home to play in the driveway, sharing Easter carrots, fun at the beach, playing at our house when we couldn’t travel, enjoying my magic stuff and whatnots, then “camping out” on futons on the floor. She decorated the room with her smiles.
From a barefoot scholar to a Facebook friend, I saw a student of science, history, and knowledge in general, as well as a well-rounded person who relished friends.
Then one year, after a walk around to see plants she knew I’d love and spending some time scrolling through pictures, she shared with me how she poured out her heart in poetry. I was honored as another poet to read her words and catch a glimpse of her soul.
Yup, there goes Boss Becca, to graduation and beyond! It has been my grandmother’s pleasure and honor to watch her grow up into a fine young woman.
As graduation came and went, I had to stay home and help Grandpa Mac as he was having lots of falls due to complications of his diagnosis. Now I send my words of love and hope to my dear Becca:-)
Please remember to wear your wisdom daily. Keep your mind open to knowledge, caring and understanding of others. Listen to many but mostly to yourself. Be willing to say no and make your own choices, knowing they may follow you around forever.
Most of all, hold yourself dear and cherish your worth for this is how you will teach people to cherish you , themselves, and others.
Be careful out there. Life can be hard. Always know your worth. Think before you respond. Be cautious with money yet generous with kindness.
Love you forever,
Hildra Tague, your very own Grandma Without the Goat, Summer of 2017
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