Keep it Real Wednesday
July 22, 2020
Message from Morgan
Happy Wednesday friends. This is Morgan writing to you. I am one of Rosemary’s granddaughters and I feel honored to be able to write this week’s Keep it Real Wednesday post.
Growing up, Grandma Rosie was always right on time with sending birthday cards and singing happy birthday to us on the phone. When I was younger, I didn’t put much thought into how special it was. A few years ago, I decided that when Grandma called on my birthday, I would let the call go to voicemail. I did this so I can keep the sound of her voice on my phone. More recently, Aunt Jill has sent videos of grandma wishing us happy birthday and I cherish those as well. Of course, I always call her right back to chat about life. It’s funny because I really don’t like when people sing happy birthday to me, but it’s special when it comes from her.
Whenever I’m with Grandma Rosie time always seems to slow down. I am grateful for the moments we’ve shared together sitting on the porch swing or more recently on the Blessing Bike. Grandma has a way of making you feel like you’re the most important person in the world when she talks with you. I love the way she makes sure I know how much she loves me. She gets a very serious and meaningful look on her face as she squeezes my hand as tight as she can.
I know growing old hasn’t been easy for Grandma. I’m sure it’s not easy for anyone. But Grandma’s ability to embrace the unknown proves how brave she really is. She has overcome many things in her life, and she does everything with a smile. It was brave for Grandma to simply try the Blessing Bike at her age. In true Rosemary fashion, she said “oh what the heck” and chose to embrace it with a smile. The Blessing Bike wouldn’t be where it is now if Grandma hadn’t had the courage to try something new. To get out of her comfort zone and explore what newness has to offer. To not let thoughts of what people think get in her way. She could have simply said she wasn’t interested and continued with her normal routine.
A month ago, I was lucky to visit Grandma and take her for a ride on the Blessing Bike. There’s something nostalgic about riding a bike. It reminds you of your childhood and has a way of taking your mind off things that don’t matter in the big picture. You feel a sense of wonder and peace while you explore the world around you. I can’t help but imagine what it feels like for Grandma each time she goes for a ride. I think that’s what I admire most about what the Blessing Bike offers to the world. No matter your age, circumstance, or abilities, the Blessing Bike offers adventure and newness each time you ride it. Just say “what the heck” and give it a spin.