When I was a little girl my Gram would watch the hummingbirds come to the feeder for hours. The windows would be open letting the warm summer breeze through while she was cooking. I thought their wings were so magical and they were as bright as a rainbow. I couldn’t believe how beautiful yet different they all were. My Gram used to say they are small angels sent from heaven.
Hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy, and celebration. They open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of every day. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, that every personal connection has a meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.
Gram would tell me all the time ‘Jessica you have my heart, my smile, my strong personality, and my deep love for living every day to the fullest. But, most of all my eyes for seeing beauty everywhere.’ I didn’t realize how much I was like my Gram until life starting passing me by year after year. The tears turned to smiles and the memories of our family time when she was living became the most sacred.
When she was in the hospital the summer of August 2000 I stayed the weekend with her and it was the toughest experience of my life. I knew I only had limited time left with her and I needed to cherish every second. She told me stories I never knew when she was young, her most precious memories and she talked for hours about all of her grandchildren. That all she ever wanted for all of us was to be surrounded by love and happiness for the rest of our lives.
It’s hard to believe she has been gone for 18 years. I still get tears and smile wishing she was by my side and just a phone call away to hear her voice. Seeing my accomplishments, my heart aches, a voice for advice, a hug to hold during the good and bad times, and the adventures seeing life through my eyes.
My Gram is the reason behind the hummingbird. Beautiful, strong, did everything with grace, open heart full of love, family comes first, left everything in the past and lived life to the fullest every single day with a smile.
When you are on the Flirty & Fit yoga mat, you are taking a piece of my Gram with you.
She is my rock and my angel watching over me.
But, most of all, she is my hummingbird.