While they were here, they recorded a story book which they dedicated to her. The next year, Melvin died.
On Christmas Eve this year, Sylvie and now a second great grandchild, Caitlin, listened to the story read by both of their great grans. Caitlin was mere weeks old when she met her dying great grandfather. However, she knew his name and was thrilled to hear his voice. She recognized her great grandmother's voice immediately. Both girls loved the book and hearing the voices was special for them.
I was with Melvin and Sylvia the day they recorded the story. Though he did not realize how soon he would depart, Melvin was emotional as he did his part that day. The implication of the gift was not lost on either of them. As I listened to the story with the girls on Christmas Eve, I knew the book had accomplished what Melvin and Sylvia had hoped for. The girls felt the love and affection their great grandparents had for them, across the miles and through time. Frosty melted the heart.