Today's Monday Mourning is from Allison Short. She wrote me:
My husband, Kaylen, and I have been married for a little over a year and have been together for about six years. The story I want to share is of his sweet grandparents, Chalon and Rose Short.
They were married for years and years. They had seven children, like any good catholic family, six boys and the very last one was a girl! They lived in a cozy home in Findlay, Ohio with one bathroom.
Rose was a quilter and a beautiful, strong woman and mother. Cha was a renowned napper and golfer, and served his country in the military. The photo with the American flag shows Cha, my husband Kale, my father in law, and the only girl of the family-Aunt Laura. Cha loved that flag and it soon became one of his prized possessions.
Cha and Rose were also known for their ballroom dancing. They would go every week and every single family member I have met since, always raves over their beautiful dancing. They had such genuine love for each other. Before leaving for work, getting out of the car, or just about anything, Cha would exclaim "But first, a kiss!". And they would give each other a quick kiss.
There are so many stories of their sentimental love, as well as stories of people in their neighborhood who were recipients of that same unconditional, welcoming love in their home. They were truly family people and loved anyone who walked through their doors like a member of their own family. The other photo is from a family wedding and shows Cha's big ol' smile with his granddaughters.
I never met Grandpa Cha, as my first trip to Findlay was for his funeral. But I continued to hear stories of how the whole family believed his car basically drove itself to the golf course. Or how he made little handkerchief bunnies for kiddos, making the "bunny" hop up his arm to the children's delight.
On this trip, I did get to meet Rose. She was in a nursing home for her own health at that time, but I still felt her beautiful spirit. She had a lovely smile and holding her hand is a moment I will treasure. I went with her daughter and my mother in law to meet Rose for dinner one night in Findlay. To surprise her, we brought her favorite strawberry milkshake from Dietsch Brothers' (a girl after my own heart). We got her seated for dinner in the dining room, and she ate about two green beans off her plate. Then, sat back in her chair and proceeded to drink every last bit of her milkshake.
Rose passed away within the same year as Cha. We all believe it's because she just couldn't bear to be here without him. And because the dance floor was calling here name and Cha needed his ballroom partner up in heaven.