So here's the thing. My grandma is one of my best friends. She's definitely my favorite human on this earth. Growing up, I never thought I'd be super close to her, but ever since my mission, we've sort of just... needed each other. The poor woman just wants to be with her husband again, understandably, but I'm so very grateful I've had the past 6 years to become buddies with her. She is amazing.
The thing about Nana Kelley is she thinks she is always inconveniencing people. She NEVER is, but she doesn't like to go places or do fun things, not because she doesn't want to, but she thinks she's gonna put people out. We tell her every single day it's not like that, but... she's just Nana Kelley and that's how she is.
One example of this is that she's really wanted to go to the Brigham City temple, ever since it opened, but anytime we got close to doing it, she bailed because she was worried about being too slow and stuff. Brigham City has a special place in her heart because that's where my grandpa grew up. So, a few weeks ago, I called her and said, "Grandma, we're going. July 5th. No matter what." Of course she put up a stubborn fit a couple times, insisting that she was just too old (even though she secretly really wanted to go), but luckily, I have inherited her stubborn genes times five. So I won.
On the way there:
Me: Grandma, out of all the things I could be doing on a Saturday, this is what I want to be doing more than anything.
Grandma: Well, you're a good granddaughter and I love you for that.
Me: I'm gonna get a little sappy for a minute, Grandma. I had a little revelation a few months ago that one of the main reasons it hasn't been the right time for me to be married and have a family yet is because we needed each other, and we never would have gotten this close if that had happened.
Grandma: I suppose that could be true, but it's awfully selfish for me. I hope you can find someone to love soon.
Me: Me too. I hope I can find someone that I can love as much as you love Grandpa.
Grandma: I did love him a lot and I still do. Sometimes I disgusted him, and sometimes he disgusted me, but we kept loving each other through it all.
Me: How did you do that?
Grandma: I don't know, love just keeps going no matter what, I guess.
Being at the temple with Nana Kelley and having the opportunity to help her through the experience was really special and sacred for me. I can't think of a better way to celebrate the last week of the first century of her life! She was treated like royalty by all the sweet temple workers, and the whole experience meant a lot to her, especially because she felt like Gramps was close by the whole time.
Of course, we had to stop and have a gourmet dinner at the Maddox on the way home, and then we were both all tuckered out.
1 week until she turns 100 years old!