"Okay, now find the word strawberry."
I anxiously searched through the pages, carefully sounding out each letter, until I found the right page. "Grammie, I found it! I found it!" For many, a search through the dictionary sounds a lot like torture. But for me growing up, this game with my great-grandmother was an activity I loved and still have fond memories of today.
My Gram was a schoolteacher for 35 years, but her passion for teaching spanned much further than the walls of that little Maine schoolhouse. I remember climbing into bed with her in the mornings as a young girl and playing game after game of "I spy with my little eye". As I look back, those games were not only entertaining, but they also helped me think and process information. She could turn everyday moments into a learning experience and it always seemed fun.
Gram eventually let me keep that little dictionary and I have treasured it ever since. It serves as a daily reminder of the woman who sparked my love for learning and most importantly, it reminds me of the kind of woman I would like to be.
P.S. Inspired by our Gram, Andrea and I are passionate about supporting education in our communities. We hope to honor Gram's legacy by donating 10% of Big White Farmhouse's profits to Children’s Literacy Initiative, a charity aiming to close the gap in literacy achievement between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers.
Ashley + Andrea
Cousins and best friends since birth... Check back often for updates about the store and to follow along with our lives in Maine, Massachusetts, and Virginia