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    These are my Grandparents, Edward and Dolores. While my single mother worked 7 days a week, seemingly around the clock, to provide our two person family with life's necessities, my Grandmother cared for me. I remember watching Bill Kennedy At the Movies with her and Sir Graves Ghastly on a small black and white television (though she did her laundry and cleaning while Sir Graves graced the screen). I remember how much she loved General Hospital (though I never really caught on to that whole soap thing) and late night snacks of frozen Snickers bars and Vernors floats. MMMM....and Lorna Doone cookies - oh, how I loved their crispy, buttery goodness. I also remember our walks together. Sometimes just around the block, but often to the park, and generally to the cadence, "left, left, I left my wife and 49 kids" (the only words I can recall). I remember her stories of the Great Depression; boiling chicken bones for broth, turning in found old rubber tires for money to buy food, and drawing lines on the back of her legs because she couldn't afford seamed stockings. But most of all, I remember her undying love and her unselfish way of putting everyone else's needs above her own.

    She's the one thing in my life that has remained constant. She went to church every Sunday, sent birthday cards every year then called to sing to you on the phone, and spent her days always giving of herself to those in need. She asks for so very little and deserves far more than she's received. Even now, in a battle for her own life against an extremely rare form of cancer she, somehow at peace, prays not for herself but for her family instead. I will pray - enough for both of us. And I ask that anyone reading this to please, please, please take a moment and send up a prayer for my Grandmother that, whatever be God's will, she receive all of the rewards in heaven she so rightfully earned here on earth. For if I have inherited just one tenth of this woman's love, devotion, strength, patience, sheer will, and humanity I would have received a gift far greater than anything I could ever wish for.

    I love you, Grandma...

    7 comments: to “ My Grandmother

    • wanda
      December 13, 2009 at 8:24 AM  

      beautifully written.... about a beautiful woman! Thank you for sharing and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and Grandma!

    • CaraBella
      December 13, 2009 at 11:01 AM  

      What a beautiful post, truly. It sounds like both of you are most definitely blessed (I find so rarely people who truly recognize and appreciate the love they receive, so that says something about you too!). *prayer sent*

    • Anonymous
      December 13, 2009 at 11:02 AM  

      May the good Lord give you both the courage to be victorious in this battle. God bless you, you are in our prayers and thoughts. Be strong and I believe this will define you both and be your finest hour.

      Daniel Gee

    • Joanna
      December 13, 2009 at 10:24 PM  

      Your grandmother is part of a great generation that is worthy of our admiration. Bless her for being such an inspiration to her family. This quote resonates: "The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most."

    • Shannon
      December 15, 2009 at 12:09 AM  

      Your grandmother sounds a lot like mine. I loved reading about her. Prayers being sent your way as well as your beautiful grandmothers way.

    • Julia
      December 19, 2009 at 2:51 PM  

      Now I can see where your beauty comes from...when we talked that day it was just all over you...quality time w/your grandmother...what priceless gifts you were to each other back then...Thanks so much for sharing that Dionne...I will pray for your and the rest of your family...May He be your strength...

    • Adrienne
      December 31, 2009 at 10:30 AM  

      Your post brought me to tears! Your grandma and your family is in my thoughts and prayers. She sounds like a truly amazing woman. My maternal grandmother (not the one you had the pleasure of meeting, he he) pretty helped raise me too while my mom worked to support us. These women have given so unselfishly to help shape our lives and help make us into the people we are today.

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