In our family, my grandma was the master chef!!! But there was this particular time when she served my Grandpa a pie that was all burned.
Not only charred here and there but charred to the point that it looks like coal.
I kept quiet as I waited to hear what my grandpa would have to say. But he didn’t say anything while he was eating the pie and instead asked me how my day was going.
Then I heard her apologizing for the meal she had just served him. His answer left an impression on me that will never fade. « That pie is very good, honey. »
I asked him later if he was telling the truth. He comforted me by putting his arm over my shoulder and saying, “Your Grandma had a challenging day at work.”
“She had a headache. The burned pie did not hurt me in any way, but an unkind comment could have hurt her.”
No one is perfect; we all err at times.
We shouldn’t focus on our failures but rather help the people we care about. That’s the key to happy, long-lasting relationships…
These words are still engraved into my mind, and I will never forget them!! They demonstrated the real affection, care, and respect that my grandpa has always had for my grandmother. They showed how much he appreciates her.