I have this picture sitting in a cute tiny silver frame on my desk. It is one of my most favorite items in my whole house. I love to look at it and see in their faces how they adored one another. These two cute love birds are my grandparents, Linton and Dolly Collier. Their story is simple but I find simple things to be the most sweet. They loved one another and we all knew it. They loved everyone of us too. That's what suppose to happen when somebody gets married and starts a family. That feeling should go on for forever.
My grandpa passed away just a month ago after having a heart attack and I miss him....we all do. He would always want to wrestle with us and give us big kisses. He also loved to talk about his wife and would sneak cute glances her way when he did it. He liked to hold her hand and thank her for everything. He was good to her and she was really good to him. I don't know all of the details but I do know enough to share their love story and the way it has affected me.
Both grandma and grandpa were raised in sunny California. My grandma had lots of cute girlfriends (including shirley temple...if I remember right) while grandpa ran around with my grandma's brother. She had grown up right in front of him.
Grandpa joined the Navy during World War II while my Grandma was in High School. When he returned from his service he saw her as more then just a friend's little sister and asked her to dance. He said "when I got out of the navy she looked very good to me!" They courted for a year before they were married (the day after Grandma's high school graduation).
After our family visited with Grandpa just a few days before he died he told me about how my Grandma's parents didn't like the idea of him marrying her but they went ahead with it anyway. He was stubborn like that. Good thing because look how cute they are and how happy they made everything! Plus my dad came from them and I came from my dad. When you love somebody you just have to have faith and go for it...no matter what!
She wanted more then anything else to be a wife and a mother. She moved with her family 7 times and one of them to a farm in Idaho. They didn't know much of anything about farming but it was my Grandpa's dream so they took a risk and made the most of it. My dad says she was the best cook and always kept a tidy home. Grandpa couldn't sit still I guess. He loved starting knew things and risking it all to start new businesses. Grandma stuck by his side and did it all with him.
They had three boys before adopting a baby girl. They loved them, encouraged them and taught them well. They believed in family. They worked hard together and they played hard together. When grand kids came along they seemed to like us...to love us and to want to teach us everything they knew. Grandma loved to teach us girls how to cook and Grandpa would help us climb his trees in the yard. They would give open hugs and kisses to everyone both when we arrived for a visit and when we left. We knew we were loved. They showed us, they told us often and they meant it.
Grandpa's favorite date was the day he asked my sweet Grandma to marry him. Grandma was always his secret crush and would be for forever.
They never considered themselves to be poor. He said, "With each other we were and still are exceptionally rich!!!
When Grandpa was asked, "If you could use one word to describe your spouse what would it be" he said,
"Outstanding, loving, caring, nurturing- take your pick!" I guess he knew she couldn't be pinned down to just one word.
Grandma said that the one word she would use to describe her husband would be "GREAT!"
Their advice: "Always tell each other you love each other daily and hourly. Always do everything together and be patient!"