I think I was eight or nine years of age when my Grandma went down the road. At least that’s what my Granddad called it.
“Your Grandma has gone down the road and I’m afraid she won’t be back,” he said with sad eyes.
“Listen sweet-pea, one day I’ll take that walk and later, so will you. We’ll all meet up at the little shack further
down the road, just over the first hill. You remember that, I’ll see you there.”
My name is Sara, by the way, and I always remembered that story from my Granddad. On that day, the day that my Grandma took the walk, my Granddad took me into the city to show me how to be happy in times when the world goes a little dark.
“Anytime you want to talk to your Grandma, just say ‘hey Grandma’ and then tell her how you feel.”
“She’ll hear me?”
“Of course she will, saying ‘hey Grandma’ is like pushing buttons on your telephone,” said Granddad with a big huge grin.
“And I’ll show you another thing to show she’s listening.”
And my Granddad led me into a railway station, nearby.
“Whenever you feel lonely,” he said. “Or sad, just stand on this spot and say to your Grandma ‘please make people look at me, Grandma’”.
And do you know what? People were staring at us and I said ‘thank you, Grandma’ to myself.
It was only years later I realised we were standing in front of the railway departures board, but still it worked and I couldn’t help smiling.
Then my Granddad took me to the park, and to the little pond where they sailed model boats.
It was just then that the sun came out and from his little bag, my Granddad took out an old glass jar, one with a lid.
“Look sweet-pea,” and my Granddad pointed to the sun’s reflection in the water. “See the sun?”
“I do, Granddad, I do.”
And then he put the glass jar in the pond and filled it with water. And just then the sun disappeared and my Granddad told me he had caught a piece of the sun in a jar. Then he put the lid on it.
“I want you to put this jar under your bed, sweet-pea and when you feel dark, or you miss your Grandma, just open the jar and let some of the sun fill your room.”
My Granddad took his walk a few years ago, but you know what? I’ve still got that jar with me, the one where we captured a little piece of the sun. And on dark days, I still open the lid.
bobby stevenson 2017
photo from http://www.findmeagift.co.uk/sun-jar.html