In a world where life goes far too quickly, there are people who deserve our time and our attention and our love. For Jenna Bush Hager, that person was her grandfather.
“This summer, there was one of the most profound, beautiful nights in my life,” Hager recounted during an appearance on the Today show on Monday (Jan. 21) about her grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush. “I was at my dinner table in Maine with my grandpa, and we had one. It was about my grandmother and how much he missed her.”
Bush passed away on Nov. 30 at the age of 94.
After hugs and tears, Hager was left that night alone, thinking about the conversation. And quickly, she knew what she had to do. She had to tell her parents.
“I texted my parents, ‘Oh, my gosh, I just had the best conversation with Gampy about Ganny and how much he misses her, and we should all do this!'” she recalled. “And my dad was like, ‘Write it down. Write down every moment.'”
The sheer memory still brings tears.
“Do it now,” Hager said. “It doesn’t just have to be with people that you don’t know if they’re going to be here next summer. Life could happen so fast for any of us. It filled me up for months, and even now.”