Stronger than you ever thought imaginable

Go back. Yup, keeping going just a little farther back.

Okay, it’s early in the 1950’s.

Imagine yourself in a new country that you’ve never been to before. A country where you can barely speak the native language. A country where no one else looks like you, speaks like you, acts like you. You are thousands and thousands of miles away from your family and friends. You’re thousands of miles away from everything you’ve ever known you’re whole life. You become emotionally, physically, mentally stronger than you ever thought imaginable. 

Now imagine that you moved to this foreign country for love. You were willing to sacrifice everything in your life to be with the one you love. The kind of love where you put your needs, your wants, your desires to the side because you can’t imagine your life without that person. You do what you think is the right thing to do despite what others may think or say. And again, you become emotionally, physically, mentally stronger than you ever thought imaginable.

You make the best of this new life in this new country.  You have the family you’ve always wanted. 3 boys and a precious little girl. And again, you become emotionally, physically, mentally stronger than you ever thought imaginable. 

And then the unthinkable happens. Your husband is taken away from you. Cancer. You’re left to fend for your 4 babies…

This is a story about my Grandma Sako and Grandpa Williams. My Grandma is originally from Japan and she actually met my Grandpa when he was oversees during World War II. They married and moved across the world to be with each other.  She moved to the United States in hopes for a better life not only for herself but also for her child and future children. Then in 1963, less than 10 years after being in this country, my Grandpa passed away from lung cancer. Her youngest child, my Mom, was only 4 years old at that time. And again, my grandma and now her children had to become emotionally, physically, and mentally stronger than they ever thought imaginable.

To think that this is my family truly amazes me. To come from a family that has a foundation based upon strength, sacrifice, commitment, faith, and love is truly a blessing. I couldn’t think of better role models to have in my life.

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:::As today marks the annual Veterans Day, it allowed me to reflect on how courageous and honorable the past and future Veterans are.  Thank you especially to my Grandpa Williams and Grandpa Hannaher for your hard work, bravery, and dedication to protect and serve this country. God bless!:::

My Grandpa, Thomas P. Hannaher

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