Lavonne Marie, at 1 year old (1939)
The bar has been set in my mind for parenting. My Grandma will be 80 years old this October. Her dad passed away when he was only 40, more than 60 years ago. Her mom passed away when she was 60, over 30 years ago.
I asked my Grandma this week to tell me about her parents because I know it's a topic she enjoys. She paused, and started to cry a little before she said, "You know, I just feel like the luckiest person... I had the very best parents in the whole world." And then we were both quiet for a moment.
When Evan and I talked later we agreed that : If, after nearly half his lifetime spent without us, Wesley says anything nearly so gracious, with such emotion, at the end of his life... What more could you want for your parent-child relationship? For us the answer was nothing.