For this blog post, I want to discuss my grandmother and grandfather and all they have done for me. My grandmother (I call her Nonny) took care of my older brother and I until I entered grade school. Her and I have had an amazing bond since I was born. She and I would spend countless hours reading books from the library, and learning mathematics. We also enjoyed playing memory games, doing puzzles, and of course playing Clue! She has been one of the most influential people in my life. Even now, we are still very close. I visit her and talk to her quite often still. Nonny is the most reliable person I’ve ever met in my life. She visits my hockey games, drives in to see movies with me, and actually spent the weekend with me during the regional pageant! I can always count on her. My grandfather (I call him Pops) is another person in my life I care deeply for. He has taken me in (almost like a daughter) and shared his life experiences with me. He has taught me the value of a dollar, how to garden, and has even showed me how to hold/shoot a gun.
Both of these amazing people and I have been through a crazy experience about a year ago. I will summarize what happened below, but if you would like to see the whole story visit CTV News. On February 15th, 2012 while I was staying at my grandparents’ house, a tire came off a semi-truck and went straight into the hallway wall connected to the kitchen. Luckily, it was about 6am, so no one was in the kitchen at the time. However, this was one of the most frightening experiences of my life, and when I heard what sounded like an explosion, in that moment I thought I would not survive. This tire destroyed part of my grandparents’ house, but in reality, the incident has had so much of a greater impact on my life. I feel so fortunate that no one was injured, and this has helped put my life into perspective. Knowing that if the tire did not change directions before it hit the house, and either injuring/killing my grandparents’ or I has affected the way I live my life. I try to live my life to the fullest every day. It may sound clichéd, but you never know when it will be the last day of your life, no matter what age you are. I feel lucky to have learned this lesson early on in my life, and this incident has truly brought my grandparents and I even closer together. I am thankful to my grandparents’ for teaching me strength, reliability, and honesty. They have helped shape me into the person I am today. I want to say thank you to them, and also say how happy I am that we have been given a second chance for life. I love you Nonny and Pops, and I want to say thank you for being great role models in my life.