"There are just too many fun things in life and not enough time. That's why we need to do them now!" These simple words pack an elegant punch. They were spoken with enthusiasm leading up to a clouded evening cruise on on the water. They were spoken by Lenora McMinn, a 91 year-old rock star, forever student, and grandmother of one of my dearest friends, Tara. Grammy, as she is commonly called, has a never-ending thirst for knowledge. Her intrigue ever sleeps. The fascination she has with anyone she comes into contact with is one of her most fascinating and endearing qualities. A polite co, an explorer's mentality that has kept her mind sharp, her spirit firm and her smile bright.
When I first ventured on this new path, Grammy asked more questions than anyone. What are your motives behind this move? Do you feel this will give you the purpose in life you crave? Is this going to make you happy? All these questions, and then some, and not one ounce of judgment or concern, just a loving, genuine intrigue. Grammy wanted to not only listen, but understand the rationale behind this pursued passion. I had given a considerable amount of thought to each question in my head, but saying them aloud gave them life. It's one thing to justify in your head. That's the easy part. A whole separate challenge is effectively communicating these reasons to someone else. This moment with Grammy, like many with her, made me think and take a deeper pride in what I was about to do.
During a recent visit with Tara's family to Deep Creek Lake, Tara and I headed to the dock for a quick photo shoot. Grammy joyfully viewed from a distance. We could feel her clenching to the deck straining for a behind-the-scenes peak, smiling from earring to earring. Upon conclusion, when I climbed the wooden stairs of the lakefront property, Grammy was anxiously waiting. We scrolled through the raw images on my camera, and with each click, Grammy gasped and awed at the images. At one point, she mentioned these photos were true and she could feel the passion. As a creative, this is the highest compliment.
It is fitting this delicate, floral-printed tunic is called the Heart Beat Tunic. Grammy is a living reminder. She reminds me why I started this creative journey and why I continue. She reminds me we all have things to teach one another; that not knowing everything is a blessing. She reminds me to follow the rhythm and beat of my heart and never apologize for it.
Grammy, I do hope you enjoyed this post! Please know I am a better person for knowing you.
Pictured below is Grammy, Aidan, her great grandson, and Tara, her granddaughter