I’m writing this post from the past, for the future, because as you read these words, I’m deep in the #grandmaproject and #totally #happy. There will be pictures on my Facebook wall, but probably not today. If everything goes according to plan, this will be my first day meeting my new grand daughter.
If you’ve followed my blog for very long, then you know that I’m pretty new at this grandma stuff. I’ve much more experience being a daughter and grand daughter. You will have to ask my mom if I’m good at being a daughter and you can’t ask my grandmas. At my age, it is a given that you will be grandma-less—in the physical sense. Both of my grandmas are very present in my memory, particularly as I am now walking the path they both trod so very well.
As I look back, as I sift through the memories, I realize how much I learned from both of these remarkable—and very different—women. I didn’t know I was learning, of course, but their wisdom has touched every corner of my life and helped me (I hope) to be a better person. There is so much I could share, but I’ll just mention one thing I learned from each of them.
From my country grandma, I learned to be kind.
Kindness shown out of her face. I don’t ever remembering arriving at her house and not seeing her face light up in welcome, her arms outstretched for a hug. She didn’t have a lot of money, but what she had she shared with whoever walked through her door.
From my city grandma, I learned to be brave.
She left the city for the country life with my grandfather, then lost him to cancer. She also lost two children—one a new baby and a son to WWII, but she was one of most joyful people I knew.
I’m grateful every day that I got to know both of them and I’m very aware of both watching over me now. I’m sure they get a kick out of seeing me with my grand kids and I hope they know I am trying to be as good at it as they were.
Is there someone special in your life who taught you well? Who you learned from without realizing you were learning? I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.
P.S. Because both my grandmas were intrepid (they both faced challenging personal circumstances), I am sure they helped inspire Prudence (who isn’t that prudent) in Specters in the Storm. It’s part of the Edge of Never boxed set that is currently available for preorder and will release Oct 12! This is the best price it will probably ever be. An amazing .99 for 9 stories!