Saturday, April 7, 2012

G is for Grandma

Few words exist that still manage to stir up deep emotional responses.  Think about it…

Yorkie puppy, darn cute
Babies of any species (especially puppies)…the image of trust, warmth, softness wake up even hardened hearts.
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Bailey's Irish Cream Ice Cream
 Ice cream…oh, yes. 

1965 Mustang convertible, cherry red, mint condition…wipe the drool before you need a bib.

And, then there is my personal favorite word:

GrandmaGrandmother…Nana…Abuela…Granny…Gran…Grand-mère…Grootmoeder…Isoäiti…Großmutter …Bestemor…nonna…名詞... Avó…


My daughter and her husband came by to visit one evening.  After a few minutes of awkward conversation, she gave me two gifts.  I opened the first one; it was a book, Grandma’s Favorite Stories.  The second gift was a bib that said “I love Grandpa!”

I started sobbing and hugging everyone.  My husband looked at the book and bib in confusion, and said, “What?  What’s going on?”  My daughter explained it to him, slowly.  Then he chuckled and hugged her.

Grandmothers are the glue of the family, whether they realize it or not.  They are responsible for passing on the family legends, knowledge, recipes, etc.  They pick up the slack when parents seem to miss what to do next.  Grandmas have open arms, warm hearts, and want to listen to everything their grandchildren say.


Well, at least, I do.  My grandmothers did.  

What about you?  What did you think when you read the word “Grandma”? 

20 comments:

  1. Oh gosh! what I think is how much I am missing by living 2000 miles away. And if I think about it too hard I cry. A video appeared on my Facebook page today of both my grandsons being Harry Potter - 13 seconds that reduced me to a quivering mess.

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  2. I had terrific Grandma's and think of them often.

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  3. I love my grandmother :)
    She's sitting across me right now, watching television without really giving it attention. She doesn't talk much but her presence makes all the difference.

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  4. My daughter says "you've gone all grandma." It's a good thing. She loved hers immensely.

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  5. I think of two amazing women who were the soft to my mother's sometimes hard corners.

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  6. I hate to be pessimistic and negative, but when it comes to grandma, no comment ...

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  7. Yep puppies work for me, ice cream nope scary diary haha. Think of mine as well, she does hold it all together.

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  8. Grandma = Grammy or Gran to me and these were somewhat remote and legendary women who lived thousands of miles away. My mother became a Gran and, although at a distance and gone far too soon, she made a deep impression on my daughter. I know what my grandkids think about their Grammy - they are the best huggers :)

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  9. I never knew either of my grandmothers and will never be one myself. And yes, I am quite sure that I am missing out on both counts.

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  10. Beautiful. My grandmother on my mother's side has never met me because of a petty fight. She doesn't know her grandchild and it is her loss. The one woman that I knew as grandma was actually my great-grandma. My sister, brother and I spent so many Friday nights at Grandma's house. She died at the age of 93 and I was 16. I miss her. But I'm so very glad that she was my grandma. :)

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  11. I remember her cooking all my favorites, her soft voice, her beautiful smile and sitting in rocking chairs talking about anything. Thanks for this post...it brought back alot of great memories.
    Blessings, Joanne

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  12. The puppies are cute. I am not big into dogs, little ones or any really but I kind of want a teacup yorkie. They are so cute.

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  13. Aw, this is such a sweet post! I had absolutely fabulous grandmas on both sides, and a great grandma, too! All of them lived until I was well into adulthood. I miss them all, and can't wait for grand-babies (well, I can wait for awhile, as neither daughter is married, yet!). I have three step grandchildren from my son's wife, whom I love, but they didn't come as babies, and I don't see them very often (and they are grown up now).

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  14. Love this post. being a grandma is the most wonderful title I have had the honor to hold. The joy they each bring me is a gift from heaven everyday. i didnt know how much my heart could ho;d as each new little one came. Being a grandma is the most incredible joy. I now understand the joy my grandma had everytime she saw us. I miss here and wish she ccould see all the beautiful grandbabies I have been blessed with.
    Blessings

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  15. Thank you for a lovely post! It reminds me of my Nan & I in fits of laughter or watching thunderstorms with our heads up under the curtains together. I now wear her wedding & engagement ring to show my commitment to my husband & to remember her by :)

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  16. Hi Susan,
    I'm loving the sentiment here. In the stuff of dreams, my grandmothers would be the glue that held the family together. Sadly, I knew little of my grandmothers and cannot formulate a fond memory. And my loving son has a grandmother in Canada who loves him very much. And that's something that feels me with hope.

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  17. I am now in the stage of life I am thinking almost daily how much i want to be a grandmother. It is almost the feeling i had when i wanted to be a mom. I had three grandmas and felt very loved by one of them.

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  18. One of my grandmothers loves me, and still lives---but we do not share a bond. The other, who died when I was a child is one I would remember at my own dying breath.

    Look forward to your challenge run…
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  19. Susan, I had a really great connection with my Granma on my dads side - she was funny and affectionate, I didn't really get to know my mums mother. My son and his cousins call my mother 'Gran Gran' and she has always been the one to spoil them and make a fuss of them. It is definitely important to see the wisdom and knowledge that have. Blessings, Amanda

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  20. Great post! I had NO idea I could love these little people so much. I love being Mom-Mom! I am so happy I am still young enough to keep up with all 11 of them!

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