A couple weeks ago, I drove to Maine with my parents.
Let me just pause and emphasize that. We drove to Maine. In a car. We drove. Ok, now that you understand that, I can get on to my point.
Pretty much all of my extended family lives in Maine, and I don’t get to see them very often. I was really excited to spend the week up there. The week consisted of lots of family, food (I may have screamed while trying to put a lobster in a pot), and relaxation. After we drove there. Ok, just kidding, I’m over it.
One of my very favorite things about the trip was spending time with my grandpa. I was telling my sister the other day that I think my grandpa has become more friendly as he’s gotten older, but she made a good point: it’s probably just that I can understand him now.
My grandpa has a very thick Maine accent. Like “pahk the cah ovah theyah” thick. I honestly don’t know if I understood anything my grandpa said to me until I was at least 12.
Anyway, I had a lot of time to spend with my grandpa, and I decided to shoot some videos of him just talking about his life. I want to be able to share them with future family members so they can get to know my grandpa. He told stories about what it was like growing up without electricity and indoor plumbing. He said he had never ridden a bus until he was done with school and in the military. He talked about spending 25 days on a ship, heading to Korea (and I’m complaining about driving 17 hours to Maine!). He told how he met his wife, my grandma, and about the joy of having children.
Doing these interviews with him impressed two things on me:
First, there’s a lot of wisdom that can be gleaned from people who have gone before you. My grandpa said that if he could give advice to someone younger, he’d tell them to listen to their elders and to learn from them. This is true also in spiritual things. Get advice and wisdom from people who have gone through what you’re going through and learn their lessons.
Second, you will leave a legacy. Whether you have a huge family and social circle or just a few close friends, what you say and do and how you live will leave an impact. Live in such a way that you’ll leave a positive, godly legacy!
Good times in Maine and good words from my grandpa 🙂