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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

The love in Frosty

In September of 2012, my husband's parents, Melvin and Sylvia, travelled from Corner Brook, Newfoundland to visit us in Prince Edward Island. At that time, they had one great grandchild, our granddaughter, Sylvie, who was one year old. 

 

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.

22 comments:

DJan said...

How very sweet. I am sorry Melvin died, but I'm so glad he was able to leave something of himself for his grandchildren. A lovely story, Marie. :-)

Celia said...

What a great and loving gift.

Silver Willow said...

:: holding back the tears ::

what a treasure. :)

Down by the sea said...

It was a lovely idea and so nice that there is a permanent connection to the girl's great grandparents. It must have been emotional listening to it too. Sarah x

Elephant's Child said...

And your tale has melted my heart this morning. And made my eyes leak a little. What a precious gift. A truly precious gift.

Marie Smith said...

It was touching to experience the story with the girls, Jan.

Marie Smith said...

It really was, Celia.

Marie Smith said...

It really is, SW.

Marie Smith said...

It was very touching to experience it with the girls, especially having been present at the recording with their great grandparents, Sarah.
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Marie Smith said...

It was and is a treasure, EC.

Gingi Freeman said...

What beautiful photos!! You look so very blessed!!! Happy Holidays! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Anonymous said...

Bittersweet memories come flooding in at this time of year, don't they? Great photos of all of them.

Anvilcloud said...

I once tried that with my grands. We bought a book where the recording would sync tot he turning of pages. Didn't work worth a darn, and we took it back. It's great for you and the kids to have though.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you!

Marie Smith said...

The memories this time of year are bitter sweet for sure. Thank you, SS.

Marie Smith said...

Maybe they are better constructed now. Too bad it didn't work AC. It would have been a treasure.

Ginnie said...

What an incredible gift, Marie. OMG! Talk about timing. Thanks for sharing this story of hope and love.

Marie Smith said...

It is about hope and love, Ginnie!

The Furry Gnome said...

What a unique idea! Happy New Year!

Marie Smith said...

It is indeed. Happy New Year, FG.

Barbara said...

What a wonderful idea. I read to the grand girls all the time so I'll bet they would love to have a recorded book after I am gone. I'll look into that.

Marie Smith said...

A great idea, Barbara. It was wonderful to see the girls experience this book read by their great grandparents.