My early years growing up in Missouri, I remember that we were always stopping at the cemetery to leave flowers for family members and loved ones. Now that I'm older I have several loved ones that I've lost in my life and I truly feel more of a connection with them in my day-to-day life, than a visit to a graveside. However, I do see the comfort that a gravesite visit can bring. Now that our home is on wheels, we are able to visit these eternal plots of lost loved ones more often.
Every Holiday, every special date that would come the entire cemetery would be covered with beautiful flowers and touching words of love and loss. I have pictures of me throughout my life at gravesites of my Grandparents, Sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, In-laws. After we moved to Texas this was not as much of a local custom and we did not go to a cemetery regularly.
I remember when my sister passed away, my Mother said that she wanted her stone to be special because she wanted the world to know that Linda was here, and this is who she was. Her stone depicts who she was and what was important to her. Her life mattered and of course we do not want anyone to ever forget about her. When I have to opportunity to come and visit her gravesite on a beautiful day, it's special. I miss her.
My Grandpa and I were very close. He would always make sure and talk to me on the phone when he would call.
He enjoyed spending time with me when he would come to visit. I always looked forward to seeing him. He would pinch my fluffy cheeks, I didn’t love that but I did love him.
“When my Grandpa was sick and we knew his days were numbered, I had to make the decision to visit him while he could still pinch my cheeks or after he had passed away.”
I would not be able to do both due to money and distance. Without hesitation I wanted to see him. I flew to Oregon for a visit. We had a wonderful time together and I treasure those memories every day. That would be the last time I was able to see him.
I am so thankful for the freedom that RV life has given me. My life has finally slowed down enough that I can do some things that are important and meaningful to me.
In loving Memory of Wayne “Babe” Smith
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Lisa Linebaugh is a retired wife, mom and grandma chasing her next adventure with her husband, Richard, while cruising through the United States in their RV. Lisa documents all of her and Richards travels and adventures mostly for her grandchildren, but also for other RV enthusiasts. She loves to share the best products and services to make your RV life thrive!
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