Yesterday at church we were challenged to be positive and not complain because if we have God, we don’t need to live a negative life. So today, in the midst of all this craziness that is college, I honestly challenged myself to be positive. It is hard to do that when you have so much going on. I think for me, when I complain it is a way that I release stress, if that makes sense. Today started with Monday at TCU, class and lots of various other things. In the midst of all of this my Dad texted me to remind me that it was my Papaw’s 84th Birthday. Wow do I love my Papaw. You know it has always been kind of difficult because having two sets of grandparents, one living in Stuttgart, and others living in Camden, it is hard to have the same type of relationship because you aren’t seeing one set as often. But with that being said my Meme and Papaw always did what they could to make me feel so loved. Growing up one of my fondest memories was when I would go to Camden to stay with my Meme and Papaw and the time would be limitless. I never had a set time that I would go back home so it literally was the best “get away”. They owned a gas station, but the gas station had everything. Friend chicken, okra, all sorts of candy, icees, and my personal favorite, Blue Bell Ice Cream. Whenever I arrived they always had Blue Bell Butter Pecan Ice Cream ready for me. Still to this day, every time I am needing a little love I go to the *bluu* and get that ice cream because it brings back such great memories. I can remember my Papaw always making the BEST breakfast and if he didn’t make Breakfast my Meme would let me have ice cream for breakfast because I was on vacation. My meme and papaw both have there own recliners and I always took my papaw’s. He never said anything and he always let me sit there as long as I wanted. They always let me watch endless cartoons, taught me to cook great food, made me steak whenever I wanted, and loved me unconditionally.
Papaw, hopefully this while find its way to you and when it does, I want you to know that I hope someone treated you like a King today. And I also want you to know that I love you so much. You have always been so good to me and you have always been so positive around me. So I thought it was fitting that today I was trying extra hard to be positive on your day. You have taught me things, but a lot of the things I have learned from you are the things that you taught my dad. You are such a light in our family and I can easily say we wouldn’t be the same without you. Your collectable money that you pass down to us, your naps on every Holiday, the way you smell, and the way you love us all. Your love is a different type of love and I am thankful for that. You have some great stories and I am so thankful that you are my Papaw. Happiest of Birthdays to you. I can’t wait until you come visit TCU. Even though I never tell you, I can’t imagine life without you. I have been blessed with the best family and I am lucky you are part of that!
Southern and Thankful