| I would rather regret the things I have done than the things I have not- Lucille BallBBIllustrations
I have this birthday letter that my Grandma wrote shortly after I turned thirteen. Whenever I read it, it makes me feel very sad and I find it hard to fight back the tears. Recently, I discovered the letter was written only a month before my Grandma died which seems to give the letter more poignancy. She was 81 years of age. A large part of the memories I have around my Grandma is of her unhappiness and regrets in life. For many years, we would visit Grandma and Grandpa on Sunday afternoons on their farm which was located about 20 minutes away from ours. Grandpa would often be out in the paddocks tending to the pigs or another farming task. He would sometimes pop into the house to say hello or us kids would find him out sitting contently under the front veranda swotting flies. If we were lucky he had some white peppermints to share. Grandpa was a happy content soul. He loved the farming life and wouldn't have retired at all if it hadn't been for a sudden decline in his health