We have the ability to do a great deal to make positive, happy memories for our loved ones. Every day they are with us gives us the chance to show how much we love them. Here are some examples that I found just in my Facebook feed today, plus one from my journey with my grandpa.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson … I’ve enjoyed some of his movies – now I feel a deep level of respect for the man. This is from his official Facebook page.
In Samoan culture we have a very special dance called the “Taualuga” where the woman dances and she’s honored by the men who dance around her out of love and great respect. On my grandmother’s 80th birthday she danced her Taualuga while I proudly danced around her while she laughed and beamed with pride. She had the greatest 80th birthday and her smile was from ear to ear. My grandmother, Lia Maivia was a strong willed, highly respected and tough pioneer in the world of pro wrestling, becoming wrestling’s first successful female promoter. But when we hit hard times and were evicted from our apartment, shortly after that my grandmother became homeless. When I finally could afford it, I bought her a place of her very own that she LOVED. I would always ask her after that, “Grandma are you happy?”.To which she’d call me by my Samoan name and say, “Tuife’ai Im so happy.. thank you.. oh and can you please sing that song I like..” Ha! I’d start singin’ away (off key of course) and she’d laugh and smile from ear to ear. A few months after this picture was taken, my grandma passed away peacefully in her sleep. I know we all experience loss and it’s so tough to deal with… but for the rest of my life I’ll be grateful for the one of a kind lessons only our grandparents can teach us. Miss you grandma and I hope you hear me cause I’m still quietly singin’ away to you (off key of course:)… Misiga tele ‘oe Grandma, alofa tele atu mo ‘oe
Last year a former park ranger from my home state wanted to look upon the forests he loved one last time …
GodFruits June 14, 2014 · This powerful photo comes from Snohomish County. These Firefighters granted a wish to an elderly hospice patient. The former forest ranger wanted to see the outdoors one more time, so the firefighters wheeled him through the forest, where he could experience nature once again. With all the bad things going on in the world this picture just makes you smile and gives you hope that one day people will be kind enough to grant you your last wish. God Bless these Firefighters.
More recently a sports fan wanted one last game … and got a special kiss from a player from her favorite team!
Ailing fan passes away after visit from Chiefs Hall of Famer Posted: Apr 16, 2015 1:09 PM PDT Updated: Apr 17, 2015 5:00 AM PDT By Chris Oberholtz, Multimedia ProducerCONNECT Betty Johnson’s great granddaughter shared a photo of Dwayne Bowe kissing her grandma at a recent game in hopes for the photo to go viral. Betty Johnson’s great granddaughter shared a photo of Dwayne Bowe kissing her grandma at a recent game in hopes for the photo to go viral. KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – At 86 years old, Betty Johnson had been with the Kansas City Chiefs through the good times and bad. Many current players knew her as “grandma.” As a season ticket holder since 1986, she could be seen in the front row at home games on the 45-yard line, rooting for the players who mean so much to her. Johnson passed away Thursday, but not before a visit by Chiefs Hall of Famer Nick Lowery. “Nick Lowery was here and getting ready to leave when she passed. We knew she was waiting for her Chiefs,” one of Johnson’s four daughters, Susan Johnson, said. Her family members say the Independence woman’s health had been deteriorated since breaking her hip in February. She had been in hospice care since April 7 at North Kansas City Hospital. Doctors were amazed that the great-great grandmother had held on as long as she had. Before her death, Susan Johnson said her mother had said goodbye to everyone except her Chiefs. “I believe she (was) holding on to say goodbye to her Chiefs,” Susan Johnson said from her mother’s bedside before her passing. Betty Johnson attended almost every home game last season. She only missed three games. Her last game she saw was on Nov. 30 against the Denver Broncos. Family members recall the late Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt and Jack Steadman, a former vice Chiefs chairman, even saying hello to “grandma” from the sidelines. From clothing to game balls and kisses, her spirit was also noticed from the players. “Dwayne Bowe kissed her at every game, and Dante Hall even took his coat off his back and gave to to her,” Susan Johnson said. Betty Johnson’s great granddaughter shared a photo of Bowe kissing her grandma at a recent game in hopes of the photo going viral to get one last kiss. The photo has since been seen by members in the front office of the Chiefs organization and players. “She is such a die-hard Chiefs fans and loves them so much,” Susan Johnson said. “Her Chiefs were more important to her than her home.” The retired school bus driver lost her home in North Kansas City in order to pay for her Chiefs season tickets. “She was even a Royals fan. More or less a big sports nut,” Susan Johnson said. “She had five daughters that she taught to love all sports.” Copyright 2015 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.
Finally, my grandpa on his 95th birthday! This was the last birthday he celebrated with us …
Grandpa on his 95th birthday. On the left are his twin baby sisters Bettie and Bonnie, to the right his sister-in-law Ruth.
Although he suffered from Alzheimer’s Grandpa remembered this gala birthday celebration we held for him until the end. He would talk about his birthday party and how many people came to wish him a happy birthday (we had about 80 people show – both family and friends). He knew he was cherished and loved.