I’ve been thinking a lot about legacy this past year because my husband’s grandmother passed away on Valentine’s Day at the age of one hundred. Even though I was her granddaughter-in-law for only nineteen of those years, I had the good fortune of developing a close relationship with her. I was also able to observe the relationships she fostered with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
As she neared the end of her life, then following her death, there was a lot of talk about her wonderful legacy. She was an inspiration to the women in her family. She was a military wife, and like most military wives, while her husband was doing his duty to country, she did her duty by doing most of the heavy lifting of raising three children. When her husband could no longer work, she transitioned from full-time mother into a full-time breadwinner. When she finally did retire, the company for which she worked hired multiple men to do the work she alone had been doing all those years.
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