“What a beautiful blessing and what a beautiful thing that she did so that all three of my kids will have made,” First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager said.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush hasn't met her youngest great-grandson 3-month-old Hal, the son of former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager. However, this does not mean that she did not think of him when she was alive. In fact, according to People, she thought of all the great-grandchildren she would likely never meet and she embroidered stockings to be “reserves” for the Bush children who grew up after her death in April 2018. Hager, 37, revealed about the surprise stockings while she was giving an interview at home as she returned to co-hosting the Today show after her maternity leave.
Hager is in a happy place now, but that comes after a year of losses. “I found out I was pregnant the week after my grandfather died, and I lost my three living grandparents in one year,” Hager says. Former President George H. W. Bush died about six months after his wife, in November 2018. Hager’s maternal grandmother, Jenna Welch, died in May. Son Hal, Hager says, is “the first baby that won’t get to meet these people that were such an important part of my life. But, I will say, and this is such a beautiful thing — my grandmother, my dad’s mom, needlepointed a lot of stockings, reserves, for great-grandchildren that would be after she died.”
Hager also mentioned that she knew her grandmother was making stockings to be used in the future, but she had no idea that Barbara would make enough for even Hal to have one. She said, “I didn’t know if there was enough for Hal.” It would have come as a pleasant surprise to Hager. “She tirelessly worked,” Hager says. “And so my aunt just emailed me on Friday and said, ‘What address should I send Hal’s stocking to?’ “
Barbara Bush made extra Christmas stockings for the Great-Grandchildren she didn't live long enough to meet.❤️😘❣️🇺🇸— Cami DeCotis (@CamiDecotis) November 20, 2019
“What a beautiful blessing and what a beautiful thing that she did so that all three of my kids will have made,” Hager continues, “[Hal] will never met her, but they’re so ingrained, I mean, literally in this case, in the fabric of our family — that he’ll have a stocking that his great-grandmother sewed.” (Joking about her own lack of needlepoint skills, Hager says, “Maybe I’ll go on Amazon and buy one before I die.”)
💔💔💔💔— Lady Gigi (@bigladygranny) November 21, 2019
Hager is sure that Hal will get to know his great grandparents, not just because of their legacy, but also because of the other ways in which they live on. Hager tells PEOPLE: “I know that through my grandparents' letters and their stories and the way that they raised us, he’ll get to know them.” It is such a sweet and personal thought to have someone remember you long after you're gone and this way, Hal will have a piece of his great grandmother that he can cherish forever.