Grandparents Are Blessings

Great Grandma (my mom) lives on at 92. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren adore her.

I never knew my grandfathers – both having died the year before my birth. I remember my grandmothers, and was particularly close with one until she died when I was eleven. I still have her last letter to me. My other grandmother, having raised a brood of her own, had little interest in the role.

My mother, thank goodness, has never lost her caring nature. Nothing thrills her more than a new baby in the family, and in some ways, I think that’s what keeps her going.

It warms my heart that my children and their children have such a close relationship with this woman, who raised six of us. Having endured more hardship than any one person deserves, she is a testament to survival, and teaches that there is always something in life to be joyful about.

(For Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Grandparents.)

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16 thoughts on “Grandparents Are Blessings

  1. This is so beautiful V.J.! You are blessed to have your mom. I am so grateful for my grandparents. If it wasn’t for my grandmother I would never have known a mama’s love. My grandfather (not biologically related) was the first man in my life as my biological father died before I was born and he was the only man that did not defile me or abuse me. I was so blessed to have them in my life! Thanks so much for sharing this and reminding me of the good memories with them–interesting timing as my grandmother’s birthday was on the 26th of this month! 😀 ❤

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  2. Beautiful relationship 😊
    We are enjoying being grandparents. I never knew my father’s mother. She passed away when he was only 12. My maternal grandmother was a quiet person. But both my grandfathers were wonderful persons.

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