Grandma Kessler {Slice of Life}

The conversation began through a picture memory my cousin posted on Facebook of her mom, who passed away a year ago. Cousins across the country began commenting, missing her smile, love, and joy she shared.


Thoughts turned to our yearly gathering at Grandma Kessler’s house for Christmas. This holiday was about Love, belonging, and sharing stories.Grandma had ten children and with grandpa passing early in life, she held the family together. We lived the farthest away and being an only child, I was thrilled belonging to a large, lively family. I was home there at Grandma’s, spending a month in the summer with her, visiting the uncles and aunts at the farms.


The comments began and my cousin Brett brought in the laughter to our comments. You see by the time I married, we had close to 100 people in Grandma’s house. We laughed. We were loud. We shared. Then, we opened presents. The secret name we drew back in September, known only by Grandma. We started with the youngest and circled around the room finding the next person. We would open the present, announce the gift, thank the gifter and then the gift from Grandma.

I am thankful for family and memories and connections today. We have a legacy passed on to us that we pass on to our family and others around us.


7 Responses to Grandma Kessler {Slice of Life}

  1. elsie says:

    Memories is what makes this time of year so special. Grandmas are truly the most special person in one’s life. I aspire to be that person.

  2. newtreemom says:

    How fun that only Grandma knew the secret names. Sweet memories!

  3. What a sweet story. Your summer with Grandma sounds so special. Merry Christmas!

  4. Linda Baie says:

    Wow, Mary Helen, what a family group! I miss our large group, but it was about 25, with a guest or two sometimes. What a great memory of your grandmother. I too spent a long time at one grandparents’ home in the summer-& then on to aunts & uncles. Lovely times! Happy holidays!

  5. blkdrama says:

    What a way to celebrate her memory at Christmas. Enjoy, enjoy and enjoy even more!

  6. “This holiday was about Love, belonging and sharing stories.” That says it all. I hear your thankful heart through your memories.

  7. Tara says:

    Awesome grandma – and you are blessed to be in a family filled with such love, Mary Helen.

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