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|My Special Memories of my Grandmother
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My grandmother played a big part in my life growing up.
Of course, this is my personal story, and I realize many people have their own special stories about their grandparents, or anyone special in their life for that matter, I feel the urge to tell about my dear grandmother and the special way she made me feel.
Even though I was the youngest of four, by the time I remember anything worth remembering, there was just my mother and myself in the house.
My mother struggled all the time. Whether it was financially, being a single parent or dealing with her health issues, which of course always made it impossible to hold any type of decent job, which she tried on many occasions, but to no avail.
My grandmother, was always there for us. She would be there to take care of me when my mother was sick, was working, or was even there to just help this one lonely, bored child do something fun for the day.
She never learned to drive, so we would walk back and forth along our road, going back and forth to the store once or twice a day. Along those walks, I remember she would let me tell her stories of my imaginary family that I would have when I would grow up. I remember her telling me in my later years of some of those stories, and "wow", I could tell some whoppers. But she never discouraged me. She always thought it was good to have an active imagination.
Other times, she would spend hours teaching me how to play the card games "Rummy" or "SkipBo". However, after teaching me, she would get a little upset when I would beat her. WELL, what can I say, she taught me so well.
And then there are the wonderful and tasty dishes that I make every year at Christmas and Thanksgiving in her memory. Rice Pudding, Coleslaw with pineapple, and Stuffed Celery to name a few.
There are so many things I could go on about how my grandmother, "Nan", as I called her, what she did for me or the ways she could make me feel so special. She was born in 1910 and died in 2004. Even though her body gave out, her mind was so very sharp. It is a shame how time can take it's toll on us.
There are so many things that I never learned from her, yet so much that I did learn from her. If any of you still have your grandparents with you, pick their brains, learn all you can. They are a wealth of information.
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