More Precious Than Gold By Judith François
'Spending Christmas 2015 in Paris, was a dream that came true. I don't need to tell you how excited and happy I was to be in such a famously romantic, historic and beautiful city. I enjoyed being on top of the Eiffel Tower, seeing Notre Dames and tasting many delicious pastries. But for me, the best part about going to Paris was being with my grandmother and meeting a whole new set of family members that I didn't even know I had.
A few days before I left, my grandmother came from her room with a few boxes and photo albums in her hands. There were photos of her when she was young, her wedding, birthday celebrations and more.
I was amazed, I could not believe that my grandmother was so hot! She is still beautiful, but back then, she was something else.
She gave me a few photos of my mother, who also lived in France for seven years. These pictures helped me humanize my mom. Looking at her young beautiful face, I couldn't help but wonder, how many of the mistakes I've made that she also made? How many times she got mad at her mom and yelled: "I hate you. I don't ever want to speak to you again!" But of course, as she grew older she realized that her mother was always right and she could have saved herself a lot of pain and headache if she had just listened to her a little bit more.
And then my grandmother opened a small red box. Inside of the box was a gold ring, a gold necklace with diamonds and a gold bracelet. She handed me each one by one as she told me the story of when and where she got them.
This was not the gift that I was expecting from my grandmother, she had already spoiled me enough from the second I landed in Paris. I told her that she didn't have to give me all of this jewelry, but she refused and I could tell she was getting offended. So, I hugged her and said thank you.
I wear the ring every day, the necklace and bracelet I keep in a safe place for special occasions.
Even if my grandma didn't give me her precious jewelry for Christmas, it still would have been the best Christmas I've had in a long time.'
This wonderful story is part of our Share Your Story guest post series and was contributed by Judith from The Quiet Girl Diaries.