When I was younger, my grandfather worked the graveyard shift as a security officer and every day I was in charge of making his lunch. So at about 8:00 pm every night, I would prepare his two turkey sandwiches and fill his lunch box with cheese crackers, a nutty bar, and the crossword puzzle from the local newspaper. My grandpa liked to keep things simple and easy. This went on for years until he retired.
I never thought that preparing those lunches would ever teach me a lesson, but it did.
I’m sometimes a forgetful person, it was worse when I was younger. I would get so into the routine and in a rush to make sure his lunch was prepared that sometimes I would forget to put the cap back onto the miracle whip and put it back in the fridge. So then my grandfather would come home in the mornings and find the jar still out and of course, confront me about it. I would get better at remembering though… as time went on.
For my 15th birthday, I had a quinceañera and my grandfather had given me a card. It was a gorgeous pink card embellished with glitter and flowers with “For my Granddaughter…” on the front. I remember the card a lot because on the inside was a very special message from my grandpa that I grew to love and never forget.
My grandpa had written a nice message and at the end had put: “remember to cap all things.” That message, those words, have stuck with me since that day because it was personal to me. My grandpa was always very proud of me and my accomplishments and although that small reminder was technically about me and the jar of miracle whip, it became a message about life for me.
A message to start something, finish it, and then put the cap on it. A message to get things done!
Last year was a rough year for me and I feel that I let a lot of people I had worked with down simply because I forgot to “put the cap” on things I had started. I had forgotten my grandfather’s special message.
I don’t want to do that this year!
I don’t want to let others down.
I don’t want to let myself down.
I want to get things done!
I want to always keep that message from my grandfather in mind as a reminder to put the cap on all things in life… especially with him not living with us anymore.
Because I want to make him proud.
I want to make others proud of me.
I want to be proud of myself.
Linking up with Shell today for Pour Your Heart Out.