Remembering

by Erica Layne on November 14, 2013

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They were young when they married. (As in, younger than I was, and I was only 20.)

Growing up, I always thought of her early life as a Cinderella story. Her mother died in childbirth, and life with her stepmother was not what a mother would hope for, for her daughter.

Cheren’s life began when she married my dashing grandfather.

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Together they raised three children. She learned to drive the boat while he water skied behind her. (She never did learn to swim.) They traveled the world hand in hand, from Mexico City to Israel to the Taj Majal. Until her last days, she rode on the backseat of his Harley, her ever-blond hair tucked neatly into a scarf.

I’ll remember her. I have no doubt.

But will my children know of her?

A love story like theirs deserves to be remembered. A woman like this—who lived as much in one lifetime as most people would in three—deserves to be passed on.

Stop by tomorrow to see our new family tradition for the holidays!

Update! You can read part 2 here.

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Emily Smith // The Best of this Life November 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Yes, a love story like theirs does deserve to be preserved and passed on! Beautiful way to honor her :)
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Erica - Let Why Lead November 15, 2013 at 4:42 am

Thank you, Emily! She managed to be very close with all ten of her grandchildren and many more great-grandchildren. I still think of her all the time. It only seems right that my children should hear the stories!

Karen Johnson November 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Oh she’s beautiful! I love traditions and sadly, we don’t have too many as a family and so I’m looking forward to reading about yours.

Erica - Let Why Lead November 15, 2013 at 4:40 am

Isn’t she? And I love my grandpa’s cuffed jeans. It makes me like it even more when Ryan cuffs his. :)

We are definitely still working on starting our traditions, too, so I will keep writing about them as I try to get my act together!

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country November 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Beautiful post and I look forward to more of the story!
-Shelley
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Rachel T. November 15, 2013 at 12:44 am

I love this. I can’t wait to see what your new tradition is. I wish my kids could know more of Gma/Gpa Wood! (And Williams, too.) I love seeing those classic B&W photos.

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