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She Calls Me Grammy

Updated on February 11, 2012
On her 3rd birthday
On her 3rd birthday

If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I'd have had them first. ~Lois Wyse

My grandmother from my mom's side passed on when i was a baby, so i never really knew her. My grandma from my dad's side lived with us for a while, and she, i knew much more. I remember her very fair complexion, grey hair tied in a bun, slightly stooped body, and large breasts. She loved gardening and growing roses. Three, she read the bible everyday, and loved singing hymns. I also knew she and mom didn't get along too well, because mom would complain, grandma criticized her cooking. Lastly, grandma called me and my sisters 'little demons' whenever we refused to listen to her sermonettes, which she preached every night. We were kids, who wanted to play, not pray. I don't think i ever thought much about becoming a grandmother. I knew it was going to happen someday, but something in the far far away time when one got all wrinkly and grey . Well, thank to L'Oreal and Olay, our generation didn't seem to age. Not quickly anyway! When some of my girlfriends began pulling out photographs of their grandkids to brag about them, i honestly didn't know what to make of it.Yes, i was happy that they were happy, but the idea of grandmahood seemed ominous in a weird way. I said, not yet! But, how dumb and wrong can one get!

I am Keona's 'grammy', or grandmommy. Yes, i feel like a Grammy award winner, having received the biggest living trophy in the world, more valuable than any wood, metal and gem, put together. I have worn many hats, for every purpose and occasion in my long journey as a woman, but nothing has been more wonderful, meaningful, and rewarding as being a grandmother.

My daughter was married when she was twenty years old, and with her first pregnancy, she miscarried. Although we grieved our loss, we recovered, believing that the next one was just around the corner. Well, we were wrong. Nothing prepared us for what would be the longest journey of heartache our daughter and our family would go through. One, two, three losses, and one agony after other, we felt completley helpless. On her fifth attempt, we held our breath unlike any other time. But, like some bad joke, another baby would slip away.

We were devastated and inconsolable. I was angry and too hurt. I remember going to church and feeling so numbed. I must have looked so despondent, i remember being called by the visiting Minister who prayed for my comfort. For a long long time, i found it hard to even smile. I didn't want to see anyone. Meantime, by the grace of God, my daughter found new strength and started to move on.

Soon to turn 8, our one and only grandchild is quite a character, aptly called "firecracker" by grandpa Umpa. She calls me "Grammy", as if to declare me a 'winner', which i feel in so many ways. She is our joy and everyday we are so grateful for the privilege of being grandparents. Keona is incredibly smart for her age. She loves art, ballet, playing chess, swimming, and she's is without a doubt, a geek! She keeps us on our toes and that's a bonus for our aging bodies.

What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars' worth of pleasure. ~Gene Perret

My Favorite Model

Lil Ballerina
Lil Ballerina


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    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      So right TheSablirab! Thanks for the nice comment and visit.

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed this a lot! And, I really enjoyed seeing the Connie Talbot video, what a surprise. I hope to one day enjoy a grandchild as well. The joys of kids, right?

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      10 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Zsuzsy Bee! They are precious.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Aren't these little beings just tooooo precious? I just love mine to bits.

      Love the 'lil' Ballerina' picture

      regards Zsuzsy

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      10 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you DeBorrah! Indeed we are victors in the Lord. One came fr heaven and the other left for heaven, i like that. My pleasure always, to share what is, our unique divine journey. Blessings as well!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago

      Island Voice,

      You have so beautifully described what it's like Being Grandma. Although a painful journey through perserverance you, your daughter and her husband emerged Victoriously!

      Life is truly a gift from the Lord. My (7) seventh grand daughter was born a few hours after my Mom went home to be with the Lord. Her name is Zoe~ which means life! I always say one went to heaven and one came from heaven.

      Your illustrations are simply wonderful! BRAVO!

      Thank you for sharing


    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      10 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you Viv! I will take the advise and hope to get better at my craft. Thanks for the visit. Love to you and Lee.

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      Viviane Moos 

      10 years ago

      Hi Sylvia,

      I especially loved your Being Grandma. I think the more personal you make your art the better. liked the photos and the writing. with love, from Viviane

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      10 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you G-Ma! You are a real inspiration to many of us here. I'm starting to envy again. I love being grama to one, but wish i could have more, like you! Mwah!!!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      What a wonderful way to end this Hub...AM SO HAPPY for I enjoy my 7 grandchildren and 3 greats now... Loved your pictures and your smile shows it all...Thanks for sharing with us your adorable granddaughter...:O) Hugs


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