ways. She and grandpa lived just a few doors down from me in a very small cottage
on a small lake. I spent many many hours both at their house and ice skating on
the lake. When I was quite young she to pointed to all the the sparkles on the lake
and told me they were her diamonds. There were hundreds! Thousands! I thought
Grandma must be the richest lady in Ohio!
Grandma Toots laughed a lot. And she had the softest, softest skin. I always wanted
to sit in her lap just so I could feel her soft skin and hear her laughter and have her tell
me about her diamonds. I never heard Toots speak an unkind word or complain about anything. "Well, I thought, she does have all those diamonds".
I took this photo at the creek next to my house. Grandma is no longer physically here
but it made me think of her and her diamonds sparkling on the water. If I close my eyes
I can still feel her soft skin and hear her laughing. Money can't buy this kind of richness.
All of her grandchildren still talk about her diamonds and how we all see them when we
go to the water. She used to tease me that she was taking them with her when she moved
In reality, she has sprinkled them all over the world.
Thank you grandma.