“We Reminisce Over You” by Butch Ford
The title of this entry was inspired by a 90’s hip hop classic from Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth. The thought behind it are feelings of love, loss, gratitude and pride mixed with a little bit of selfishness and some sadness sprinkled in too. We’ve all lost loved ones at some point in our lives and admittedly…it hurts.
I remember watching my grandmother beam with pride and joy. She loved family; her mother, sisters, aunts & uncles, daughters and most assuredly her grandson(s). Holiday gatherings and family get-togethers meant everything to her. I would marvel at the outpouring of love displayed at these functions. It’s difficult to put it into words. It was just simply incredible. Boy…I really miss those days. And then…the unthinkable began to happen. We started losing our older relatives slowly but surely.
Now we’re the grandparents, the great aunts & uncles, the matriarchs & patriarchs of our families. But times have changed. Things are very different now. The world just ain’t the same anymore. Don’t get me wrong…we’re all blessed to still be among the living, but it’s sad watching the day to day occurrences in these dark and scary times we live in. We gotta stay prayed up and watch out for one another. Hopefully better days are ahead. As the song says, “A change gon come.” We need a change…BAD!!!
Thinking back on how my grandmother loved on all of us…that smile, those hugs and the loving, nurturing words of encouragement…makes me wonder if she missed her parents, grandparents, great aunts & uncles as much as I miss her? If she did, she didn’t show it. But gauging the void in my heart…how could she not? Her focus was obviously on everyone else’s happiness.
I still smile when I think of my grandmother’s strength and courage. The way she held everything together was nothing less than amazing. Her memory still lives on today. Mainly because my mother stepped up in her absence and filled those shoes remarkably. I’m just expressing myself, but I know there are others with similar stories, right? The message today is simple. It’s for our loved ones who have gone on to glory…to continue watching over us while we reminisce over you.