Grandmothers Are Special
I had the opportunity to share the last few weeks in GA with my daughter while I was working on my book. This writing conjured up wonderful memories of my beloved Grandmom. I was thinking how she could turn ordinary day-to-day experiences into something so wonderful. And as I read different stories or recall conversations with family and friends, or even listen to a celebrity on television, most agree that Grandmothers are special.
I started thinking, besides giving their love unconditionally; just what makes them so special? From my experiences with my Grandmom (which was quite some time ago) and I’m sure many of you would agree that its because she:
- Often says “Yes” when Mommy says “No”
- Always has your favorite foods (and doesn’t make you eat what you don’t like)
- Has actual conversations with you (never too busy to listen to you)
- Never tires of answering all your questions (and there are usually a gazillion)
- Asks you to help her with chores around the house (even though it means it will take twice as long)
- Allows you to stay up past your bedtime when you sleepover
- When you go to the store she buys you a treat at the register (unlike Mommy who warns you before you even enter the store, “I’m not buying anything extra, so don’t ask when we get to the register!”)
I grew up living just a few blocks from my Grandmom’s house, close enough to walk (and eventually ride my bike) which I did, everyday. I helped her snap green beans, handed her the clothespins as she hung her clothes on the line to dry (that’s what everyone did “back in the day” as the kids say). We would sit on the front porch and I’d listen to her stories. We walked to the Farmers Market and stopped in the drugstore on the way home to buy me a comic book (I loved Archie, Veronica, and Betty). Simpler times without a doubt and yet Grandmothers still do all those wonderful things and so much more.
Nana's talk, listen, answer questions, tell stories, read to you (or encourage you to read), and introduce you to new experiences. In my opinion, Grandmothers, probably without even realizing it, are powerful allies for literacy. After all, literacy includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Thank you to all the wonderful grandmothers out there!
If you are one of the lucky ones that still have your grandmom (not just wonderful memories), I hope you take the time to call or visit her today. You’ll be glad you did!
PS Yes, Hubby, “Pop-Pops” are special too, but this post is for all those awesome grandmothers!