An Influential Life- Who she was to Me
Live your life like it matters to someone else
I hope I can shine the way you have always shown
I remember many summers past,
The most beautiful memories,
And the simpler days,
When I prayed that the summer would last.
I was just a little girl-
With a million and one questions about what makes up this world.
You always found the time for you and me to sit,
So I could ask all my curious questions, “What’s that-What’s this?”
Most days I would find trouble-other days trouble found me.
But you never really got angry, and still found a way to make me see.
I can still feel the way that it felt when you would hold my hand.
And explained away my confusions, until I was able to understand.
Even when I was lost-you never gave up on me.
Even when you were told I was trouble-you were always able to see me.
Now that I am grown and I am who you knew I would be.
I still remember the talks when you said-
I was the only one who didn’t believe in me.
You have a beautiful heart,
And a beautiful soul.
And if I could shine like any one,
I hope I can shine the way you have always shown.
I wish I would have taken,
More time out of my grown up days,
To sit and chat about nothing,
Just to hear what else you had to say.
I am really not too sure-
How I am going to say goodbye?
Because even though you’re ready,
I wish we had more time.
You have always been my guiding star,
I am who I am , because you have always been who you are.
Grandmothers are more than they ever thought they would be.
Just look at how much you have given to make me a more complete me.
You gave me more than your red hair-
And your frisky attitude.
You’ve given me part of my heart and that part will always shine for you.
You taught me that beauty that is only skin deep-
Isn’t beautiful at all.
That if you truly want to be beautiful,
Help someone stand back up-when they tumble and fall.
You led and taught by example-and what an example you gave.
That when you live your life-it’s not about power or the money you can save.
It’s about loving the life you live,
Being comfortable with who you are.
Working through the problems,
And finding peace in every war.
It’s about never giving up, on the ones who matter the most.
And when it comes to loving someone-there should never be an almost.
It’s about showing your kids how to lose and how to win,
And teaching them how to tell when someone is honest and a true friend.
Above all else, what you have given to me-
Is an example of the kind of life- that I hope I can lead.
A beautiful woman-
With a beautiful soul.
My beautiful grandmother,
That with beauty and admiration, I will always hold.
Just in case you have a single doubt-of what you mean to me.
You are everything I hope to become, and everything I will ever be.
When you go- are you leaving someone with something that makes a difference?
Some people in our lives-help mold our personalities and better the world with who they are; my grandmother is one of those people.
People do not live forever-and because most of us do not know when our expiration date will be, we must cherish the ones that we love today and tomorrow-so when they leave or when we leave, what is left behind are memories and moments from an abundance of yesterdays that will last forever in the hearts of the ones that shared them.
My grandmother is nearing the end of her life-but what she is leaving behind will still be here for generations to come. What she taught my mother, taught me and my siblings was how to appreciate everyone and everything that life brings towards you. She taught me to always give proper investigation to a book before judging its content. She taught others; you must open and read a few pages of a book, rather than make a quick decision based purely on the decoration of the cover. Although some stories may not be what you expected and others may not be your taste, you must take the chance of being disappointed because some of the most beautiful stories and experiences may not be tied up with glitz and glamour or ribbons and bows and without a chance, you will never experience their beauty.
In loving memory of Sylvia (MaMa)- I would not be who I am without everything you have taught me, and shown me. You were so much more than my grandmother-you were my guiding star, just like the song you use to sing to me when I was a child and would stay with you over the summer and was home sick.
Born- well she never would tell me, she said it didnt matter cause she felt like a spring chicken everyday- --Died on July 2nd 2010 at 8:30am
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