In Bloom

This is a personal post, bear with me!

These last two weeks have been harder than any other in my entire life. Last September, my Grandaddy was diagnosed with cancer. In less than 6 months, he was gone. It is so hard to come to terms with such a situation because my grandaddy was one of the closest relatives I have. 

I grew up living a few streets over from my grandparents and then I moved right smack beside them. Whenever I got into one of those teenage fights with my parents, I would run next door and they would feed me junk food and let me go swimming. My first trip to Disney, continuous summers at the beach house, and adventures to Pigeon Forge and an unreal amount of places I cannot recall at the moment, all sum up my childhood with my grandparents. 

I could literally make a novel about how many memories, the funny stories, the embarrassing stories, the sad stories, etc, but I would rather leave you all with this: 

  1. Photography is such an important aspect of life. You can hire a photographer to capture those formal moments in life but I am begging you to capture any and everything you can. Every smile, every emotion, every silly, funny, or awkward moment, capture it. Memories are supposed to last together but I made so many with my grandparents that there are a few of them that just slip between the cracks. Take your actual camera, your camera phone, or even one of those $3 disposable cameras, and capture it. If you don't know how to use your camera or want to take better pictures, please don't hesitate to contact me! Not only take them but get them printed too! Memories are so much more real when you can hold them and I realize that now as I hold the pictures below. 
  2. Appreciate everything. From sunshine on your face to fresh flowers, take it in. Life is so precious and it sometimes takes a tragedy to make you realize it. All of the flowers we received are just a simple reminder that even in the darkest of hour, life still finds the light and blooms. 
  3. Hug your friends and family. Telling you that you love them will suffice but nothing feels as good as a hug. I can't even begin to describe how thankful I am for the hugs from family, friends, and even strangers. They really can turn your day around and I never want anyone to take a simple hug for granted. Once someone is gone, it'll be all you wish for. 

^This last one was taken on the night after he passed away, the stars in the yard looked like glitter and I know he's up there. Fly high, Grandaddy! 

Posted by Ashley Lester.