Lafayette and Margaret Johnson were my grandparents on my father’s side. They were just what you want grandparents to be…warm, loving and always glad to see you.
They were super important to my upbringing because during the summers, I was able to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York, and literally chill with my grands in Chesapeake, VA.
I say “chill” but we were relatively busy. They planned out our summer with trips to the beach, Busch Gardens, Kings Domonion, the park, the zoo, and during my downtime I was in the garden with my grandpa, picking tomatoes, green beans, corn, and all kinds of veggies.
That’s not all.
I also learned how to make pancakes from scratch, biscuits from scratch and even this lemon and corn starch concoction that they used for syrup, if there was none. That was from my grandma.
These were some of the best times of my life because it was so precious. When you are a child you don’t think about the fact that, more than likely, your grands have lived half of their lives already. So the memories are sweet and the lessons learned are precious.
My grandfather died at age 75. My grandmother lived until November 2017, and passed at the ripe old age of 97.
They are my power two that made the impression of a lifetime.