Why I Love My Grandma: The Importance of Family

This is my grandma. She is the most fabulous woman I know. I love being with her...I can't imagine ever being without her. She is sweet, compassionate, God-fearing, loving, beautiful, adventurous, and wise. She thinks of others before ever thinking of herself. Most of all, she is a very funny woman. As you can see, there are many reasons why I love her. I suppose my parents are to thank for that...them and a lot of memories we have been able to create together over the years.

When I was a child, sledding was a regular occurance at my grandparents' house every winter. One day sticks out in my mind. Like every other time, my grandma turned to me and said, "Now, Gina, wait until your sister and I are out of the way before you come down the hill." Obediently, I replied, "Yes, grandma." One time in particular, I gave in to the excitement of the impending downhill thrill ride. Down I went. The only thing I remember was seeing my grandma's legs being swept out from under her by the front of my sled. Luckily, my grandma was able to stand up and laugh after our collision.

Then there was the time that I was riding Dart, one of the ponies on their farm. I must have startled him, as he threw me right off his back. My flight through the air ended with a "splat" into a pile of horse manure. Grandma, not missing a beat, sprang into action. She jumped to her feet, took out a screen door, and hurdled two fences in order to get to me. She got to me in minutes, and quite frankly, I don't think I have seen the woman run that fast since. I'm pretty sure that I am at least partially at fault for the double knee replacement she had years down the road.

During the summer breaks of my college years, I had the opportunity to live in South Carolina. Since my great aunt and uncle also lived there, my grandparents came to visit. One day for lunch, they took me up to Calabash, North Carolina, for a nice little seafood dinner. A couple months before the visit, my grandma had had surgery on her jawbone. It turned out that her jawbone had actually deteriorated. The doctors replaced the missing bone with a gold bar. The surgery left her face with some nerve damage, leaving some parts numb. While we were enjoying our lunch, she lifted her glass to drink from a straw. After unsuccessfully trying to find the straw with her lips, she put the glass down. Wouldn't you know it, that straw was stuck up in her nostril- and she had no idea. I love that woman.

Thinking about these memories makes me consider what kind of relationship I want my children to have with their grandparents. I want them to value those relationships the way I always have, and still do. To spend those moments with someone so special, and to be able to cherish those memories forever is one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given. Family is precious. Life is precious. All to quickly, the time together will end. Being able to recall those sweet moments together...it's simply priceless.



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dinkan53 5 years ago from India

It is really great to have grandparents. When I was a child my grandmother (mother's) used to tell me stories and the special sweets she made for me. she is the only one among my grandparents which is still alive. quote- 'Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever'. I appreciate you for writing this hub, voted up!


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helmutbiscut 5 years ago from Ohio Author

Great quote. I am glad that you have fond memories as well. I couldn't imagine life without my grandma!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Beautiful tribute to your grandma! You are a lucky lady! I never knew my grandmas. Now that I'm a granny I'm enjoying making lots of memories with my grandkids. Voted Up/Beautiful!


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helmutbiscut 5 years ago from Ohio Author

Sunshine625: My grandma deserves it! Have fun making memories with your grandkids! Something for all of you to cherish forever.


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Ahnoosh 5 years ago from Southern California

I too was blessed to have a close relationship with my grandmother. I loved reading about yours. Grandparents are such a blessing. This is a wonderful tribute. It makes me miss mine, but it also brings back wonderful memories that I have of her.


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helmutbiscut 5 years ago from Ohio Author

I only have my maternal grandparents left. My paternal grandparents died years ago. I miss them, but enjoy so many memories of them too. Sometimes it seems like they were here just yesterday. Thanks for commenting, Ahnoosh. Hold on to those memories.


icountthetimes 4 years ago

Hubs like this make me realise how much I miss the presence of a Grandparent. I was unfortunate in that by the time I hit my late teens all four of my grandparents had sadly passed away. I do have fond memories though, and they are worth their weight in gold. Grandparents have a special way of binding a family together. They're at the centre of everything and have so much of value to teach us.


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helmutbiscut 4 years ago from Ohio Author

Icountthetimes- I agree totally that the grandparents help hold the family together. I'm so glad that you have such fond memories to hold close to you.

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