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Rushing to Take Time

by Angie on October 6, 2013

I got pulled over by a Utah Highway Patrol Officer yesterday. Apparently I was speeding down the mountain as Highway 89 dropped me into Cache Valley. I couldn’t help it. Coming through Sardine Canyon is like coming home to heaven for me.

I was born in Providence, Utah and raised in the Valley until I was 10 and we moved to Wisconsin. My mom’s parents lived in a white farmhouse just 2 blocks away from our home– just past the merry-go-round and left at the underground house. My dad’s parents were just a few blocks further than them, up the hill from the blue-roof church.


That there is the house my parents built. I remember the wallpaper and the cats who lived under the old car in the backyard. I remember hiding my sloppy joes (ick!) in the bathroom garbage can and being caught.

I came to Utah this week to spend time with my grandparents. I just really like them, that’s all.

Meet Grandpa (mom’s dad):

gpa white

Meet Grandma (mom’s mom):

gma white

And Meet Grandma (dad’s mom):

gma hess

Grandpa is an excellent carpenter. I get my love of wood-working from him.

Wanna know what he builds?

gpa white casket

GORGEOUS Caskets. For himself, for grandma, for their friends and neighbors. My grandma does the interior upholstery/stitching.

casket 2

And that (sorta) morbid hobby (which he feels peace about and enjoys very much) might be related to why I came to Cache Valley this week. Although I’m in denial about the inevitable end of each life, I feel pretty strongly about spending time with these 3 special people while they are still happy and healthy.

Today’s post isn’t a “Life Hack.”

It’s just a note from me to you. About rushing down the mountain to make time count. Maybe you should do it too? I’m glad I’m here.

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Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG October 7, 2013 at 6:42 am

Glad you made the time to visit…I lost my grandparents about 15 years ago…it’s amazing to me how much I still think of them


Heidi October 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm

That made me tear up. I didn’t spend much time with any of my grandparents as a kid…but it doesn’t spare me grief; I still grieve the loss of those relationships. I’m so glad you’re getting some time with them now.
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Gina October 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Hug em while ya got em.


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