A Grandmother's Endless Love: A Narrative Poem

This beautiful girl was born to a drug addicted Mother. She tested positive for Cocaine at birth,

The state took her away from her Mother, and gave her to her Grandmother to care for,

Her Grandmother was no youngster, and had already raised her four to adulthood,

But no foster home would care for this baby; not while this Grandmother had breath.


The Grandmother blamed the drug used by her Mother for the ear problems this baby had,

Nights were spent walking the floor with the baby in pain, and sleeplessness,

Grandma would hold her tight, rock her and sing her back to sleep,

After 4 surgeries on her ears, she still suffered hearing loss.


The Mother spent a year in prison for possession of cocaine with intent to sell,

And in this time this baby and the Grandmother bonded just like a Mother and baby would,

At the end of the year, her Mother came and rightfully took her from Grandma,

The Grandmother’s old frail heart was ripped out, but she had to watch the toddler go.


Grandma sat helpless on the sidelines and watched this baby being raised,

By a Mother who only cared about where her next “fix” would come,

Her heart would break when she went to their house, and see how this baby lived,

Among the trash, the dirty dishes, the roaches, and the mice.


When Grandma was allowed to take the little girl for a short visit,

They played together, made cookies together, and worked among the flowers they both loved,

Grandma listened to the child’s crying when it was time for the two of them to part,

Grandma would cry too, when she had to leave her, but there was nothing that could be done.


The Grandmother begged the child’s Mother to legally give her the little girl to raise as her own,

But the Mother would have lost the money she was getting from welfare, and so she would refuse,

Finally, when the girl was six years old, the Mother got tired of pretending to be a Mother,

She signed away all her parental rights, and Grandmother legally adopted the girl.


She was an overachiever in school, from Grade One through Grade 12,

She made Grandma proud by always getting good grades in every subject,

She learned sign language because she was legally deaf,

She took tap dancing, jazz, gymnastics, and loved to sing.


In Middle School she took up cheer leading, and dealt with her hearing loss,

In High School, she excelled in the marching band,

She applied for and won 18 Scholarships for college,

She chose a state university to attend not too far from home.


She worked three jobs while she was in college so she could earn the money,

To buy a used car, and rent an apartment to live in instead of the dorm,

Four years she worked and studied and finally got her degree,

Oh, what a proud and happy day that was for her Grandmother!


Grandmother doesn’t know the direction that God has planned for this girl,

But she knows she certainly deserves the very best that life can offer,

Her Grandmother knows she’ll go far with her positive attitude, her beauty and her brains,

Her prayer is that this girl will take with her into the future, all of Grandma’s love and devotion.

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

What a wonderful story that I can relate to in so many ways, both good and bad. I was raised by my grandparents from the time that I was seven. I best not say more at this time as I keep typing and erasing what I have written. So I will leave it with this. Your story touched me.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Evening, homesteadbound. You are always so sweet to comment on my Hubs, I'm glad this Hub touched you. Sounds like you could really identify with this. Grandparents have such an important role in today's society, I think. Goodnight, friend.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Oh Mary this was so sweet and touching..I loved this so much..I wish I could hug this grandmother.. What a wonderful person she is...Thank the Lord for loving grandparents willing to step in on the childs behalf..

God bless Mary,

Love,

Sunnie


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

This is a wonderful and beautiful story....thank God for Grandmothers...


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Hi Mary,

Such a touching yet beautiful story. I agree, Grandparents give unconditional love and are the wings behind such children. voted way way up and beautiful.


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

I have witnessed this so I know all the emotions involved too. Great share.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

What a wonderful grandmother! I wish everybody have a great grandmother to turn to in times of trouble. That child is very lucky. Happy New Year 2012.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

What a wonderful story! Grandma's are and always will be terrific. They always have the patience when the parents don't. Well you know that you're one terrific grandma yourself. Hope this girl gets far in life cause she deserves it.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

loved your story!! I like the way you wrote it too.Great job Mary!!vote up


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Sunnie Day. So good to see your smiling face this AM. Thanks for reading my poem about a Grandmother's love, and for the beautiful wish to hug this Grandmother. I'm sending hugs your way today!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Deborah Brooks, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my poem about a Grandmother's love, and thanks for the compliment. It is appreciated. Hope you have a wonderful day. Regards.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hello Ruchira, so nice to see you today. Thanks for reading my poem, and for the votes. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading my poem. Grandmothers do play an important role in a child's life.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Pollyannalana, since you have witnessed a Grandmother's endless love, you can certainly relate to this. Thanks for reading. I hope you have a great day. Hubhugs to you.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Gypsy Rose Lee, always good to see you, my friend! Thanks for reading and for the nice comment, and for the compliment. I appreciate your taking the time to do that. I hope your day will be a happy one!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Picklesandrufus. Always great to see you. Thanks for reading. So glad you liked my poem about a Grandmother's endless love. Thanks for the vote up, too. I appreciate that so much. Love to you....


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JEOrtega 4 years ago from Southern California

Hi Mary!

That is such an amazing story. I grew up with an alcoholic father and spent a lot of time at my grandma's house. Grandmothers are like no else in the world. They are like mothers but with a little something extra special. : )


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi JEOrtega, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my poem. I agree, Grandmothers are pretty special. I'm glad you had a good Grandmother.


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Capedium 4 years ago from Texas.

If I could, I place the poem in the might moon

So it shines and the whole world could see

This kind of love! Heaven will forever sing a joyful song

The Gramdma was more than just Human

She was Jesus walking earth..

Hope this beautiful child grows

And be just like her Granma

Whose every song was that of love..

Nice poem.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

What a lovely story about a grandmother's love and devotion, mary. You reminded me of this line I once read: a grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the TV. Ain't that the truth?


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Capedium, thanks for reading my poem, and for your beautiful comment. A Grandmother's love is really special,I think. Thanks for the compliment. Goodnight.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hello, friend drbj, thanks for reading, and taking the time to comment. It means a lot, you know? It's always good to see you! I still can't find the old hag in your avatar! See you again, soon.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

This is truly beautiful mary and I vote up without a doubt.

It must be one of your best !!

I have the song playing now and it coukdn't be more suitable.

Thank you for sharing this warm gem mary.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

What a wonderful way to start my day, Eddy: Reading your comment, and the nice compliment. Thanks for the vote up, too. I hope your day will be blessed.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

What a wonderful story and a wonderful grandmother.

So very moving...

Thank you Mary and voted up.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning MM. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my poem about a Grandmother's love. Thank you for the vote up, too. I appreciate that. I'm SO happy you enjoyed reading this. See you again soon....


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This story is sadly true and continues to become more common. Bless you Mary, bless your kind and loving heart for taking on a very painful and sensitive subject that affects many people..


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Hyphenbird, so glad you took the time to read my poem on a Grandmother's endless love. Yes, there are more and more Grandparents taking on the role of parenting. Sad commentary on our society, isn't it? See you again, soon......


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is a wonderful but very sad story Mary. She was lucky to have such a wonderful caring Grandmother, but unfortunate to have an uncaring mother. Sadly it is all too true in today's society.

My Grandmother took care of me for the first 4 years of my life and then again during my teens. She was my rock.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Rosemay50! So nice to see you today. Thanks for reading and commenting on my poem. Yes, in today's society there are more and more grandparents assuming the role of parents. You were lucky to have a grandmother who cared for you, and I'm sure you still feel her influence on your life. Love your avatar!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

What a wonderful story Mary--Love is so very powerful!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi AudreyHowitt, so nice to see you! Thanks for reading my poem about a Grandmother's love,and for the nice compliment. Yes, love is very powerful. Without love, what would we do?? Goodnight, friend.


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TheLastBabyBoomer 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona

Sad, beautiful, and best of all a happy ending. I love happy endings! Thank God for Grandma's, and the happiness they bring.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, TheLastBabyBoomer, so nice to see you! I love being a Grandmother. I adopted three of my grandchildren, and now I have a great granddaughter who lives with me. I just wrote a Hub about having a baby in the house. What a challenge that it. Thanks for reading and commenting. See you again, soon, I hope.


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Bail Up ! 4 years ago

Such a beautiful poem! Nothing like a grandchild to bring out the best in us. Wonderful hub.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Bail Up! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my poem. Thanks, too, for the nice compliment. I love being a Grandmother. It gives me a chance to try to correct some mistakes I made with the child's parent. I hope your day is blessed.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

This poem deeply touched my heart, especially since I know you've recently begun taking care of a great-granddaughter and have adopted and raised 3 grandchildren in previous years.

As others have already commented, this is becoming more common in our society due to parental addictions that lead to neglect at best, and abuse at worst.

Thanks for sharing this heart wrenching but also uplifting and inspirational hub.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, HBN. I'm so glad to see you today! I'm happy to say the Mother of my Great granddaughter is fine. She is working and going to school at night. She wants to better her life. The baby is a joy to have. I call those of us who take care of these children, "recyled moms". God has blessed me with these children. Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that. I hope you have a wonderful day.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I'm so glad to hear that the Mother of the greatgranddaughter that is currently living with you is doing well.

I so love your positive attitude. Truly inspirational.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks for your kind words, HBN.


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lambservant 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Such a beautiful story. God bless all grandparents who raise their grandchildren. Nothing like a grandma's love.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, lambservant. Thanks for reading my poem about a grandmother's love. Thanks for the nice compliment. There are more and more grandparents raising grandchildren and just doing the best they can do.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary,

I know this poem of yours came from your heart. After my brother died, my widowed mother reared my niece. My niece had a living mother...although she was not on the scene for many years. I applaud your efforts and overflowing love. Voted beautiful and sharing.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Oh Mary. made me teary-eyed. what a beautiful example of believing in yourself and in your dreams. she's such a blessing... the love of her grandma is extraordinary.


kumar24894 4 years ago from Fuck of HUBPAGES

Wow ! This is touching story. I have heard children leaving their parents, but never heard of parents leaving their child. Grandparents love their children and grandchildren a lot. they care for them the most. Loved this hub. Voted up and sharing!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Peggy. I'm so happy you read my poem about a Grandmother's endless love. Yes, it was written directly from the heart. Your Mother did a loving thing by raising your niece. I can only imagine the impact your Mother made on her life.

Thanks so much for the votes and the share.

My very best to you, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, unknown spy, Yes, I never knew how much you could love a grandchild until I was blessed with them.

Thank you for your sweet comment,

Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, kumar24894. I am so happy you found my poem about a Grandmother's endless love to be touching, and so happy you enjoyed reading it.

Yes, grandparents really love their grandchildren a lot.

Thanks so much for the vote and the share.

Hope you have a wonderful day!


kumar24894 4 years ago from Fuck of HUBPAGES

When i'll be Grandfather, I'll try to be fit till that time, and I'll try to play all games with my grandchild.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi kumar24894, I just know you will be a wonderful Grandfather! I can tell you have a very kind heart.

Regards, Mary


kumar24894 4 years ago from Fuck of HUBPAGES

Thanks :)


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vicki goodwin 4 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

This is a great poem about the love of a grandmother and a child. What a fortunate child to have such love and what a wonderful day when the granddaughter became hers. A lovely poem!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Mary,

Thank you for sharing this touchingly beautiful piece today. You have your priorities straight and have stepped once again into the role of a Mother, seamlessly. You are an inspiration.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, vicki goodwin, thanks for reading a Grandmother's Endless Love. Yes, this old Grandmother was happy when she was able to get this child for her own.

Thanks for the nice compliment, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Maria, thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment on a Grandmother's Endless Love.

Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that, Mary


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Mary,

This is such a touching story and poem. No one can love like a grandmother! Thanks for sharing this with us.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi teaches12345. Good to see you! You are so right. A Grandmother has endless love, for sure.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Hi, Mary, an amazing Narrative Poem, and how heartbreaking it was for the granny. I love this....will share and vote up and across (except funny))!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, midget38. Always good to see you! I'm so happy you loved my poem about a Grandmother's love.

Thanks for reading, the votes and the share, Mary


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Hi Mary! This is very touching. I am ashame to tell you that I was crying while reading your poem and glad that it has a happy ending. Thanks for sharing this very lovely poem. Voted up and more.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, ignugnent17. I am so happy you were touched by my poem of a Grandmother's Endless Love. That pleases me very much.

Thanks for the votes, too. Mary


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Beyond beautiful. A tribute to grandmothers and a tribute to you, you wonderful lady! How your heart must've gone through a wringer! Voted up all the way across except funny. Also linked to my simple hub about Grandmas.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, tilsontitan. You just made my day with your lovely comment and compliment to me. Thanks for reading and for the votes, too.

Yes, Grandmothers are very special people.

Thanks for the link; I have done the same because your poem was a nice tribute to yours.

Hope you have a wonderful day, Mary


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

What a beautiful story! What a beautiful, selfless woman! Thank you! I'm so glad we have found each other here in Hubland


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, btrbell, I'm so happy you like my story. Thank you!

I'm glad to know you, too.

My best, Mary


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Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago

Mary, this is an awesome tribute to a grandmother.

I too have lived with my grandmother, who raised five kids, six grandkids and two great grandkids.

I know that kind of love, and I know the sacrifice, and heartaches she suffered. But she was dearly loved by everyone who ever met her.

Voted up, UABI and shared

Blessings and Hugs

Shyron


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rebeccamealey 23 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Very touching prose, and sadly, true for too many babies. Thanks for sharing this.


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Vellur 23 months ago from Dubai

Grandmothers are the best. This is a beautiful and touched my heart.Great poem beautifully penned, thank you for sharing.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Shyron E Shenko, I'm happy you had the love and care of a devoted Grandmother, too. There are many Grandmothers caring for children when they are older and should be enjoying retirement.

Thank you so much for reading, commenting, the votes and the share. Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, rebeccamealey, yes in our society today there are many Grandparents caring for children, and I admire them all.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Vellur. Yes, Grandmothers are wonderful! The joys of my life are my 7 Grandchildren! I had a Grandmother who was the just the greatest, too.

Thanks for the nice compliment, Mary


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vocalcoach 22 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Being a grandmother is the best! It runs pretty darn close to being a doggies mama. Love this beautiful tribute and will share.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida

Grandmothers rock for sure. I never knew mine...any of them (I have a glimmer of my maternal grandmother but she died when I was four) so I never knew grandmother love. But I had six aunts and several of them were the grandma I never knew.

How poignant this telling is that you have shared.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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creativelycc 22 months ago from Maine

This is so beautiful. This grandmother made all of the difference in her granddaughter's life. Without her grandmother she had a high risk of entering the drug scene too. She is a hero.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York

I came back again just to say how proud I am to know this grandmother.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, vocalcoach Yes, being a Grandmother is a joy and a big responsibility at the same time. I'm so happy you loved my poem, and I thank you for sharing it. My best, Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, pstraubie48 I never knew the love of a grandmother, either. Both of mine died when I was very young. I am a very proud grandmother of seven, and I have two more on the way!!

Thanks for the angels you always send our way, Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, creativelycc So nice to see you today! Yes, without this girl's grandmother, she was at high risk, I agree. Thank you for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, tillsontitan Awww, what a beautiful thing to say! I enjoy being a grandmother so much. I have seven now and am expecting two more! So nice to see you on this beautiful Sunday, Mar

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