Matt and Mandy

Matt and Mandy(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

  1. 1.

    It was very nice of you to invite me over for Thanksgiving dinner.

    It’s our pleasure. You’re a great neighbor and one of our favorite people.

  2. 2.

    You folks have been wonderful to me since my Bill died. I don’t know what I’d have done without you.

    Well, our lives would be a lot poorer without you too.

    And you’re my “next-door grandma.”

  3. 3.

    “How come you’re crying, Next-door Grandma?”

    I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to. It’s just that it’s my first Thanksgiving without Bill, and you’re all being so sweet.

  4. 4.

    Don’t you worry about it for a second. We consider you part of our family, and if you can’t cry with your own family, where can you?

    I don’t want to spoil your lovely dinner. It just hits me sometimes that I’ll never see him again.

  5. 5.

    You will see him again, Next-door Grandma! Next-door Grandpa is with Heavenly Father—I know he is!

  6. 6.

    Oh, Mandy, I wish I knew that the way you do. But it makes me feel peaceful somehow to hear you say it. So you just go right on telling me, OK?