Years ago, my husband’s grandmother from Tennessee, Dona Haney, told me that I needed to write a book to tell of our everyday experience and struggles with muscular dystrophy. I thought it sounded like a brilliant idea but something that I would need to hold off on for a while. Well, maybe this could be the beginning!
Dona and Dave’s grandfather, Gene Haney, have driven all the way up here from Tennessee several times to visit. They are in their 80’s and enjoy traveling. Dave has always called them Ma and Pa. Ma, despite her congestive heart failure and diabetes, has continued doing what she enjoys such as going to the Smokey Mountains, attending family reunions and weddings, traveling all the way to Montana and California and spending a lot of time with family.
Even though it was tiring and they had to stay in a hotel while they were here, Ma and Pa made it over for the boys GED graduation this past spring! It was a wonderful time.
Our neighbors, Len and JoAnn, came over to celebrate with us as they usually do for special events. I was playing the Gene Autrey radio station on Pandora (since Len likes a little “C & W” as he calls it) and him and Pa were seeing who could guess what song was on. It was great!
Although Len and Pa had only spoken once before on a previous visit, they really hit it off! People from their generation are more easy going I guess!
I wanted to share this with you because it was Ma who inspired me years ago to tell our story. She is an inspiration to me in so many ways, Pa too. They worked hard through life to earn everything they own, they are always willing to help others and they are a blessing. Before they left this past spring, Pa’s advice to me was to not take life so seriously because it goes by too fast! God bless and enjoy the rest of your Sunday all!