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A Mother's Day Tribute to My Grandmother And to my Kids' Grandmother.

Updated on October 20, 2016

A Grand Mother's Love Is Always In Bloom.

God's most precious work of Art is the warmth and love of a Grandmother's Heart.
God's most precious work of Art is the warmth and love of a Grandmother's Heart. | Source

The Gift of Life.

Here are two Grandmother quotes -

  1. When a Baby is born so is a Grandmother.
  2. The only thing better than having you for a Mother is my kids having you for a Grandmother.

You can read about Mother too, in my Mother's Day hub.

My focus is on the Mothers of Mothers and Fathers. We call them, Grandma or Nana, I call my Grandmother "Ma". These ladies are girls in their golden years. Our Grandmothers and our Great Grandmothers, who treats us like we are the best people in the whole world! And who, by God’s Grace are still with us in mortal form.

It is a day to honor them too!

When A Baby Is Born So Is A Grandma.

My son and his doting paternal grandmother. She loved playing with her Grand Children.
My son and his doting paternal grandmother. She loved playing with her Grand Children. | Source

My Mother-in-law Would Be In Pain But She Would Still Keep Going..

My Mother-in-law would come to take care of my children, when I had to go to the hospital for treatments for ITP at the Hospital. I didn't know it then, but she was in the early stages of Uterine Cancer.

Dear God! when I think about it, I wish I go back in time and fix it!

She would complain of tummy aches, but she would still ask me when my next appointment would be and she would get upset with me if I said that she should rest and that I can ask my neighbor to pick the kids up from school.

After my surgery, as I began to recover, we would chat on the phone. In the course of those chats I realized that she had missed some doctor's appointments. So I stood firm that she should go see the doctor, I drove her to her appointments. That was how I found out that she had cancer. One last time accompanying her to her appointment, I found out from the nurses that her cancer was terminal.

I will always remember her sacrifices. She didn't want us to know her problems because of my health problems. This is what some Mothers and Grandmothers do.

If you take a close look at her hands, in the above picture, you'll see that it looks a little "smushed". She got a stroke on that hand and it would pain her, but that did not stop her. She loved to cook for her children and grandchildren and, boy was she an excellent cook!

She was coming to my house to take care of her Grandchildren with the terrible pain that cancer patients suffer, but she never told us what the doctors really said to her about her health. And I dare not thwart her! I did try but she would have none of it!

That was my children's Grandmother. She's always had a place in my heart.

Selflessness For Her Children And Grandchildren.

My daughter and her paternal grandmother. She used to dress my husband in girl clothes when he was a little boy because she wanted a little girl of her own.
My daughter and her paternal grandmother. She used to dress my husband in girl clothes when he was a little boy because she wanted a little girl of her own. | Source

Grandma And Her Two Girls

In Grandma eyes, these two were the only two little girls in the world. That is the widest grin I've ever seen on her.
In Grandma eyes, these two were the only two little girls in the world. That is the widest grin I've ever seen on her. | Source

Grandma And Her Two Girls At Chuck-e-Cheeses.

Her two Granddaughters were Grandma's gravitational force.
Her two Granddaughters were Grandma's gravitational force. | Source

A poem for Grandma.

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Cutting Sugar Cane In Guyana

My Grandmother at age 38.

I wasn't born as yet when this picture was taken
I wasn't born as yet when this picture was taken | Source

Ma

My paternal Grandmother at 74 years of age.
My paternal Grandmother at 74 years of age. | Source

Ma on her 90th Birthday

My Grandmother is still unshakable in her religion.
My Grandmother is still unshakable in her religion. | Source

Ma's First Job in Georgetown, was cleaning Georgetown Hospital.

Ma found a job cleaning the hospital.The pay was low.
Ma found a job cleaning the hospital.The pay was low. | Source

Ma Maintained a Community Garden.

She loved to tell how much she would plant in her garden.
She loved to tell how much she would plant in her garden. | Source

A Tribute to my Paternal Grandmother.

I am sharing with you, the story of my father's Mother. My Grandmother is my only remaining grandparent, she was born in 1920, on July 20th. She was the eldest of three sisters, and, apart from being susceptible to the usual infections, she is in good physical condition. While a lot of women her age needs a wheelchair or some sort of assistance to move around, she is able to move around on her own two legs of her own volition!

Her mind is a very bright place, too, she is able to carry on a conversation, very intelligently, with anyone who visits. And she has no problem recognizing who we are, last time I visited, she looked at with those sharp eyes, called me by my name and asked, "when am I going to see you again?" and " I didn't see those kids of yours in a long time, when are you going to bring them again?

We all call her Ma, her own kids, their kids and their kids, kids. Ma is the matriarch of our family. This consist of her kids, that would be my father and his siblings, me and my cousins totaling 23. The great grand kids totaling 36, I think, some of my cousins got a few more babies in the past couple of years.

Ma got married at the age of 15 to a "Cane cutter". She used to tell me stories about my Grandfather, I love to listen to her stories of her "young days". She has a quiet way of telling the stories of her life as a young woman and some of those had a very negative impact on her.

You see, my Grandmother was a single mother. My Grandfather, as she had related to me, was a man that prefers to "play" rather than work to feed his family.He would take his lunch with him and leave as if to go to work, instead, he would go "loaf" around playing cards and stuff like that, then he would have lunch, do some more loafing and return home in the evening with the other people who, did the actual cane cutting. He would then "carry on" as if he did a whole day's work.

When her husband wasn't bringing in any money, Ma asked him about it, he lied and said that he didn't get paid. So she went to the sugar estate manager to find out about this situation and was told that he wasn't working there.

Her neighbors told her what he was doing, so she went with him to get the job, at some point, Ma used to cut the sugar cane for him. When she was younger,about age 60, she would relate the story and refer to him as a lazy good for nothing, and, boy! she would get angry!

With a husband like that, I totally agree with her on that one. My grandmother had to find work to finance her young family. She had 11 kids to feed!

So she left and went back to her parents home, where they helped her to care for my father and his brothers and sisters. Now, that was just a small support. Ma still had to find money to pay for the other daily necessities of her young family. Her parents were farmers and they still had her two sisters to care for.

So Ma went to the city of Georgetown, where found work, she started out doing the cleaning at the Georgetown Hospital and eventually got a plot of land at one of the city's community gardens and for a while, she was working two jobs to support her family. You know what happens when a parent is working all the time.

She missed her kids, her kids missed her, her parents started cautioning her against working all the time and, eventually, she got too tired of it all. So, the arguments started and with tensions running high she took a time out. She didn't visit her parents much anymore, but they weren't about to let her go on like that.

They came to her and intervened until she came to realize that they were right. So she quit the job at the hospital, it wasn't paying much anyway. Ma went full time into gardening and started her own business of growing vegetables and selling at Bourda market in Georgetown, and that would help to feed her young family until they all grew up and had families of their own.

Ma is a very strong willed, hard working Mother who put the needs of her family ahead of her own self and today, she is reaping the benefits of her hard work and dedication to her children.

I wish you a Happy Mother's Day!! And may God bless you always!



Ma Was One Of The Vendors At Bourda Market

 Ma would "Buy and Sell" Fruits and Vegetables at Bourda Market in Georgetown, Guyana.
Ma would "Buy and Sell" Fruits and Vegetables at Bourda Market in Georgetown, Guyana. | Source

Bourda Market In Guyana

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    • Jhoang profile image

      Jhoang 4 years ago

      You look like you have such a nice family. I wish my family was as close as yours.

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      skperdon 4 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Jhoang. We are close knit because of these grandmothers in our family. They foster close ties.

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