For Grandma - a Precious Granddaughter

Randy and April Dawn

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My Granddaughter April

This is my 100th Hub! I never though I would hang in here this long, but I really like HubPages, so here I am. Since it is my 100th, I’ve decided not to write a serious article but something positive that is close to my heart, which is my love for my granddaughter, April. She is a sweetheart, petite, pretty as a natural blond and blue eyes, and always gentle.

April will graduate from high school in a couple of months and it seems like the time has just flown by. She has wanted to be a teacher since she was very young, despite her father (a computer programmer) trying to talk her into finding a more lucrative paying job. She has her mind set. She is in the accelerated program and will graduate with some college credits. She studies hard and makes great grades. She’s a serious minded girl, but yet still silly as teenagers often are. She has girl friends and has been dating for a couple of years.

She has a boyfriend now that she’s been seeing for about five months. She picks boyfriends carefully and has only had two others. This young man seems to adore her and she him. She likes him because he’s smart and fun. He has scholarships in a couple of colleges, and he is close to his family. I believe she is his first girl friend. She says jokingly that she "likes to date smart boys with a future that haven’t dated before so she can train them.” I guess she’s not overbearing because they seem to stick around.

April's Birthday

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A Special Poem for My Granddaughter

A Granddaughter is so special
She will fill your life with love
Like a rainbow made with sunshine
When rain falls from above
Precious memories she will give you
Many heartaches and some tears
She's a treasure that is priceless
That will last you all your years

The Early Years

My son has always had custody of her and her brother since before the divorce. He was a Ranger in the Army for 8 years and had to quit to raise these children. April was about 2 years old at that time. Her mom was a flake, and that’s putting it nicely. April was born with Amblyopia, also known as Lazy Eye. She had surgery on her eye when she was a baby, always wore glasses and went through years of special eye drops and eye patching. Fortunately, now it is barely noticeable. One reason she didn’t respond as well as she should have to the surgery was her mom wouldn’t put the eye drops in because they made her cry. The other treatments through the years were successful, but she didn’t like to play any sports. She could only see out of one eye most of the time so she couldn’t hit the baseball, or really compete well in any sport.

When my son first separated he and the children came to live with me. I was also divorced, so it worked out well. I have all those precious memories we get when we raise our children. She loved ice cream but couldn’t pronounce it well, so she used to look at me say hice cream? Hice cream? She was a typical toddler in every way other than the eye problem. She loved books, stuffed animals, and all little girl toys. My son worked and completed his college degree during this time. My son remarried about 3 years ago and April has a good stepmother

She recently called me and asked if I would help her with a school assignment. She lives three hours away, so this was over the phone. Of course, I said yes. She said she had to interview someone over 50 years of age and she just needed to ask me a few questions. Forty-five minutes later I felt like I had taken a test! The questions were asked covering a decade at a time. There were more than a few questions, and I’m glad there weren’t any more decades to talk about. She showed me the paper when she came to visit for my birthday and she got a 100%.

It started with questions about my earliest memories, and I had to describe myself. There were questions about my school and social life. It went decade by decade asking about me intellectually, emotionally and so forth. She wanted to know my greatest joys and heartaches, financially, strengths and weaknesses, illness, hobbies and then I was supposed to describe myself in five years. Did I have regrets? Of course, you don’t get this old without a few. She asked what I would do if I won the lottery. She wanted to know what I wanted people to remember about me and my first thought was my love of my family. She wanted to know what I thought was society’s view on the elderly and what was my greatest fear. I had to name three adjectives describing myself, which I stated were I was loving, optimistic and friendly. I could probably have thought up some better answers with more time but by now my brain was fried by now.

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The Result of the Assignment

I read her paper and was surprised by some of what she wrote. She covered all the basics from school age through marriages and my children. She described my life today very well. She stated that I wanted my legacy to my children to be the genealogy research that can be passed down through the generations. I want to be remembered for all the good times I spent with my family and my dedication to them.

She wrote, “The advice she gave to me at the end of the interview is something she’s been telling me since before I can remember: education first, then marriage. And when I do get married, I should make sure that he treats his own family well. She also told me that communication is very important to a happy marriage.”

Then she wrote, “My grandmother is probably one of the most influential people in my life. Not only was she a huge part of childhood growing up, but she is overall an amazing person. Despite all the hardships she’s been through, she managed to raise three happy sons and she can always find a reason to smile.” I was smiling with tears in my eye when I read the paper. It means so much to me for her to feel that way as I have loved her dearly all her life.

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Comments 48 comments

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Oh, what an honour to be the first to congratulate you on your 100th hub. It is amazing when you realize you wrote 100. I also was stunned. Wishing you all the best and another 1000 hubs. Your grandchildren are lovely. Thank you for sharing.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hello, Thank you. Its hard to believe I've written that many. I appreciate the congratulations.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Children are grand and I'm sure you are the best grandmother to those amazing grandchildren...The fact that you have published 100 hubs...well that is amazing too! Congratulations and a job well done, Pamela!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

First things first, congratulations on such a wonderful granddaughter!!!!!!!!!!!!

Second congratulations on your 100th hub.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Ann and Tom, Thank you both so much for your comments.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Dear Pamela,

First of all congratulations on your 100th hub. I think you are amazing so I am not at all surprised that your lovely granddaughter does too. Bravo!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

POP, Thanks so much for your comment.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

What more can a person want than to be loved by children and grandchildren? Congrats for that and for your 100th hub.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Sheilba, You hit the nail on the head. Thank you so much for you comments.


"Quill" 6 years ago

You are blessed Pamela...you granddaughter is wonderful, knowing your legecy lives on through her is the blessing, it the order of life and what God calls for us to follow as well. What we learn we pass on.

Congratulations on the 100th...smiles...a milestone indeed but just an observation as well you have 100 Hubs and 199 people following...good on you girl.

Blessings, Congrates and Hugs from Canada


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Quill, Thank you so much for your comments. Yes, indeed, I am blessed.


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skyfire 6 years ago

Congratulations on the 100th Hub milestone & for granddaughter as well. Keep writing :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

skyfire, Thank you so much for the comment.


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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

First of all congratulations on your 100th hub! I very much enjoyed this hub on your grandaughter. You have a lot to be proud of.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

June, Thank you so much for your comment/


partisan patriot 6 years ago

Pamela

Congratulations on number 100; think I've got 100 commentaries on how rotten Obama is in me?


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Patriot, You may have used up a hundred and be working on your second batch, after all he is most deserving of your criticism.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Congratulations Pamela. I think you have beautiful granddaughter. It proof that she always help you and care with you. This is the best present and the best gift for you as her grandmother. Please, send my warm greeting to April. Thanks

prasetio


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Bail Up ! 6 years ago

100 hubs awesome :)

I have two tiny little grandsons. Without a doubt grandkids are a true blessing, As are gtandparents like you that help raise and guide through adulthood. A Good job is always well rewarded.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

`Oh Pamela!!!! What an awesome tribute and hub of your Granddaughter and her very apparent high veiws of you!! I think that writing this for your 100th HUB is great!!!

She is a doll-and you have taught her so many things-all of goodness, especially through adversity. YOU ROCK! :)


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Congratulations on writing 100 hubs. I enjoyed reading this one about your granddaughter. She sounds like a very smart and caring person.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank all of your so much for your comments.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

What a heartwarming hub.. I'm sure you are rightly proud of your granddaughter. Kudos on number 100 !!!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Carolina, Yes, I am proud of her! Thank you for your comment.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Thank you, Pamela. A wonderful 100th Hub. You & your granddaughter have a tremendous relationship. May all the seeds you've planted in her be cultivated & flourish.


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Tubbs Merouge 6 years ago from Louisiana

Congratulations on your 100th hub Pamela!!! I'm sure you are a wonderful grandmother too!! May you all stay blessed!!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Congrats on 100! Aren't granddaughters wonderful??


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Congratulation on 100 hubs, and also on such a sweet granddaughter.

Keep on hubbing!


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JannyC 6 years ago

What a beautiful hub! Congrats on your 100th hub!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you all for your comments. Yes, my granddaughter is wonderful and it feels really good to hit the 100 hub milestone. I appreciate all of you.


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mynameisnotpaul 6 years ago from Kentuckeh'

This was a GREAT 100th hub. What a special girl you've written about, and what a kind and loving person you are to write it. Well done!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you so much for the compliment.


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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Congratulations on your 100th hub, I can't wait to get to 100 myself. Not only that, but your grand daughter is a really lovely young woman, and you have every right to be very proud of her. Keep it up!


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Congratulations Pam, you are a delightful Hubber and obviously a cherished grandma! (or is it Nana?) April is a beautiful young woman; I wish her much love and success.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Gramarye and Green Lotus, Thank you so much for you comment.s


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

Pamela99.Hi. What an absolutely beautiful story. To have a relationship with your Granddaughter as you have, Is priceless.She is a very smart and caring young lady, And it is really important that she has chosen her own career, The photo's are beautiful, You must be so very very proud of her, As she is so very proud of you.I really loved reading your story. Congratulation of your 100 hubs. :) :)


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jiberish 6 years ago from florida

Pamela, what a wonderful tribute to a great grandmother like you. She seems to have taken you advice. Wonderful Hub and Congrads on you 100th!


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

CONGRATULATIONS on your 100th Hub!!! This is a sweet hub. I know you are a proud and thankful grandmother, and so you should be. I wish April all the best. From what I just read, it appears April will make an excellent teacher. Best wishes to your whole family and much success!!!!!!!!!!


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

100th! Good going!

Loved your choice of material to celebrate. It looks like you have very much to be thankful for. Your granddaughter paid you such a wonderful tribute in her assignment. You must have been walking on air for months!

Thank you for sharing this with us. It's lovely


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Ladybird33 6 years ago from Georgia USA

What a GREAT idea for your 100th hub, Pamela you are one creative woman! I have a lazy eye as well and did have surgery and you can't hardly tell that I had it (or have it). Anyway, your granddaughter is beautiful and lucky to have you as a grandmother. Loved this story, thank you for sharing it to us all!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Duchess and Ladybird, Thank you both for your comments. Yes, I was extremely happy with what my granddaughter wrote. She is a precious girl.


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Roberta99 6 years ago

Congratulations on the story of your granddaughter, April.

She is certainly beautiful and has high ideals. You have reason to be proud. 100 HUBS. That is great. Look forward to many MORE. LOL


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Roberta, Thank you so much for your comment.


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Apricute 6 years ago from Central Florida

Awwww Gramma! I feel really honored that you dedicated your 100th Hub to me =) Much much love!!!


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Ingenira 5 years ago

So sweet and lovely.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Ingenira, Thank you so much.


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nancynurse 4 years ago from Southeast USA

I just read your comment to me about our common bio's I would so like to get to know you better. Is there a way to communicate outside or even within hub pages. You sound like a loving person that has continued to smile through your pain. I am so glad I found your hubs Thank you for commenting and I loved reading about your granddaughter.My first grandchild

is only 5 months and I only hope I can give her as much love as you have given yours.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

nancynurse, I do adore my granddaughter and I'm sure yours will be just as sweet. I would like to get to know you better also, as we sure do have so much in common. My email address is genealogyrus@gmail.com. If you email me, then I will probably come back to this comment and erase my address. I have emailed people through Hubpages in the past but things have changed so much I'm not certain you can still do that. Thanks for your comments.

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