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Lessons Learned From Grandma

Updated on December 25, 2014
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In 2007, Greg's 23 month old Grandson was killed. At that point, he found a need to write about his family, crime, and local issues.

Froggy213 and Grandma Hazel
Froggy213 and Grandma Hazel | Source

There may be debaters on this, but I have to say that I have the greatest Grandma. I have learned many of life's lessons from my Grandma.

Maggie and I just recently had the opportunity to fly to the United States from our home here in Puerto Rico. The main goal is the adoption of my Grandson, Elijah. During our two week trip, we met my Mother in Hannibal, Missouri. She lives in Nebraska.The topic was brought up that Mom was going to my cousin's High School graduation in Davenport, Iowa that weekend. It was determined that many family members would be there. These were family members I hadn't seen in years, including my Grandma Hazel who is in her mid 90's.

"How far from St Louis is Davenport," Maggie asked. I explained to her and she said, "lets go!" We decided to surprise Grandma and that Sunday, we drove all the way to Davenport. Grandma was so shocked when Maggie and I walked around the corner of my Aunt and Uncle's house. Here are some of the photographs taken on our extravaganza to Davenport, Iowa.

Keep scrolling down after and I will tell you some of my memories of Grandma.

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A family reunionCousin Nathan, Mom Shirley, Wife Lastheart and Grandma HazelGrandma Hazel with her youngest and oldest Grandchildren.Going through Moline, Illinois to Davenport, IowaBridge over the Mississippi RiverThe Mississippi River
A family reunion
A family reunion | Source
Cousin Nathan, Mom Shirley, Wife Lastheart and Grandma Hazel
Cousin Nathan, Mom Shirley, Wife Lastheart and Grandma Hazel | Source
Grandma Hazel with her youngest and oldest Grandchildren.
Grandma Hazel with her youngest and oldest Grandchildren. | Source
Going through Moline, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa
Going through Moline, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa | Source
Bridge over the Mississippi River
Bridge over the Mississippi River | Source
The Mississippi River
The Mississippi River | Source

Grandma and Life

When I look at my Grandma now, I picture her as a Queen. She does resemble the Queen of England, but, in my opinion, Grandma is much wiser.

Grandma always had me by her side when she could. She taught me that hard work is the answer to success. She always worked very hard.

Grandma faced many hardships. My Grandpa and Grandma were a farm couple in Northwestern Iowa. Grandpa died at a young age leaving Grandma with a farm to manage. They did have many children. My uncles picked up much of the slack, but one was drafted to Vietnam.

Grandma was loving and cared about all her family. No one ever was hungry when Grandma was around. She would butcher a chicken and then clean and cook it if need be.

Grandma faced many obstacles that taught me how to face life's curve-balls. I remember when my Uncle Doug was killed in a freak accident on a Bobcat skid-loader. He was doing farm chores and hit his head. This hurt Grandma, but she stood strong. Not many years later, Grandma's youngest child, my Aunt Debby, was killed when she was on the back of a motorcycle with her husband of only about 1 month when the bike slipped on loose gravel. Another head injury claimed Grandma's youngest child. I probably would have given up on life at that point, but not Grandma.

Grandma knew that all of them were now with Jesus, and she knew that her place was still here on Earth. I praise God for Grandma, because it was remembering her ways that helped me deal with the deaths that have occurred in my households.

A Blessed Woman

My Grandma Hazel is a Saint.

I proclaim it and it is so.

Grandma's maiden name was Happy, and when I speak and think of Grandma, Happy fits. She brings happiness to my heart anytime I think of her.

Grandma, I really don't know if you will read this, but if you do, I must say:

I Love You! You Are The Best Grandma A Person Could Ever Have.

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2013 Greg Boudonck


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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Grandma is a blessing to me. She is still going strong at 98 years old. Thank you sir and have a great day.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 3 years ago

      Hi Froggy, How is you doing? Nice to see a hub solely dedicated to beloved grandma, one can easily make it out from your thoughts and write ups that two of the unique qualities of Grandma have been imbibed in your persona, hard work and steadfastness. Thanks for sharing. Obviously God will let your Queen like Grandma, know the kind deeds you perform on her behalf. May her soul rest in peace.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful tribute to Grandma. You do have the greatest grandma of all the grandmas who call you grandson!

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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      I just knew someone would come with the thought that their Grandma is best. I'm sure yours is great, but MINE IS BEST!! LOL

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      Pat Materna 4 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

      A sweet story about your Grandma but I will have to take issue that mine was the BEST Grandma :) I'm sure there are many that would claim their Grand is the Grandest. If you get a chance, please check out my series about my Grands. I still miss them all! Voted up!

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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Grandma is very special to me; and now you know why. Glad you were by my side my love.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      When I read: "There may be debaters on this..." I said:"Oh, what?"

      It was nice to meet your family. Distance is not a limit for love. The way you feel and see in a person is your own experience, not to be debated. I hope she gets to know about this.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      that is so sweet. I wish my grandma is still around. She would be 100 years old by now. All grandmas are loving and great, always full of advice and lots of patting on the head.

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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Thanks Deb, yes she is.

      Thanks billy. What part of Iowa?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great grandma you have.

      All my family is from Iowa. I have fond memories of that area. :)

      Thanks for sharing your story with us, and blessings to you and Maria.


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      Deb 4 years ago

      A very nice compliment to Grandma, Greg. She is the rock in our family. She is our inspiration!!