If you’ve ever heard the song One More Day by the country group Diamond Rio, it will help you understand what for me was an amazingly emotional time when I was able to enjoy one more day with my 98-year-old grandmother. I took a trip to California to visit my family and spend some time interviewing my grandmother for what I believed would be my last opportunity. With video camera in hand, we spent an hour-and-a-half talking about her life and the hopes she had for her five children, 38 grandchildren and 60-something great grandchildren.
We laughed as she told stories about how she met my grandfather and the time she dressed up as a bee for her sorority play. She also talked about her religious beliefs and how her faith had sustained her throughout her life. When we finished I remember feeling a sense of relief that I had her thoughts on video. It wasn’t until I received a call at midnight that same night, that I had an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the time I spent with my beautiful grandmother.
The call was from my younger brother informing me that grandma had just passed away. It was a shock! She was the greatest inspiration and cheerleader I had in my life and I had been dreading this moment for years. There were tears of sadness and disbelief, but within seconds I felt an amazing sense of peace. Knowing that I had interviewed her just hours before gave me an incredible feeling of thankfulness, joy and happiness that my grandma was now with her beloved companion. My grandfather had been waiting 27 years for this reunion.
The next morning I immediately began putting together a video of her last words. As I was in the process, the song One More Day by Diamond Rio began to play. It took me a couple of minutes to get myself back together, but I managed and about 100 hours later I finished a wonderful memory for my entire family. I thought about the song and realized that I was so fortunate to have “one more day” with my beloved grandma, but the greatest blessing now is that my family will have “one more day” with their mother, grandmother and great grandmother because I was able to capture her last words on video.
I can’t begin to express how important this has been for my family and me. I have produced $500,000 infomercials that have made millions for my clients, but I can honestly say that this is the most rewarding production I’ve ever done. There is no price that I can put on this video. My children and grandchildren and their children will now be able to have “one more day” with my grandmother for generations to come. If I had waited “one more day,” I would have regretted it my entire life.
I hope this story inspires you to capture family memories and events for future generations.
Thanks Gram — for continuing to be my inspiration!
“One More Day”
by Diamond Rio
Last night I had a crazy dream
A wish was granted just for me
It could be for anything
I didn’t ask for money
Or a mansion in Malibu
I simply wished, for one more day with you
One more day
One more time
One more sunset, maybe I’d be satisfied
But then again
I know what it would do
Leave me wishing still, for one more day with you
First thing I’d do, is pray for time to crawl
Then I’d unplug the telephone
And keep the TV off
I’d hold you every second
Say a million I love you’s
That’s what I’d do, with one more day with you
Leave me wishing still, for one more day
Leave me wishing still, for one more day.