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Memories Of My Grandparents

Updated on September 28, 2014

My Grandparents

Margaret & Alexander Stirling aka Grandma and Grandpa Stirling
Margaret & Alexander Stirling aka Grandma and Grandpa Stirling | Source

Grandma & Grandpa

Two of the most loving, supportive people in my life were my grandparents. My mother died when I was 3 years old, and I went to live with my grandmother and grandfather temporarily until my father straightened out his affairs and what not.

From the time I was three years old until I moved to California with my father and stepmother, at the age of fourteen, I lived with my grandparents off and on during those eleven years.

Robert the Bruce King of Scots
Robert the Bruce King of Scots | Source

Margaret Bruce Galloway Stirling

Margaret Bruce Galloway Stirling, was born in Paisley Scotland. After immigrating to Quebec, Canada, she met and married Alexander Stirling, who was from Apple Hill, Ontario. They had three children, Robert, Bruce, and Margaret.

Grandma's mothers maiden name was Bruce, and she would always tell me to never forget that I was a descendant of Robert the Bruce. Grandma always took great pride in the fact that she was part of the Bruce clan.


Grandma, With my two cousins Sandy & Harold Stirling (I am in the middle)
Grandma, With my two cousins Sandy & Harold Stirling (I am in the middle) | Source

We were very close

I was very close to my grandmother and loved her dearly. Many of my cousins felt that I was her favorite grandchild. Whether this was true or not I really do not know. It was not like she would treat us any differently but I did spend a lot of time with her. I can remember her crying, as she would tell me stories of my mother. I so cherish those stories. If I was her favorite I can understand why as I was the only child that my mother had and maybe in some way Grandma felt closer to me because she had lost her only daughter.


A Funny Story

One of the funniest stories she told me was, one night when my mother had been out late, and when she arrived home wanted a snack to eat. She went to the fridge and found some kind of meat on a plate covered in wax paper. She proceeded to make herself a sandwich. The next morning she said to my grandmother “I don’t know what kind of meat that was that you had in the icebox Ma, but it sure was good.”

“What meat are you talking about Margaret, I didn’t have any meat in the icebox.” Grandma went to the fridge to see what she was talking about and says, “Oh no, that wasn’t meat, that was the dogs food!” I still laugh whenever I think of this story.

Calling a Cab to go to Grandmas

My stepmother and I were always at odds, and one day I had had enough abuse from her and decided I was going to run away. I think I was in grade 3 at the time. Anyways I knew I wanted to go to grandma’s house, so I called a cab. We were living in Ville St. Laurent at the time and grandma lived in Verdun. It was about a half an hour cab ride. When I got there I told the cab driver to please wait and that I would have my grandmother come down and pay him. My grandparents were on a fixed pension and needless to say grandma was not too happy with me, but she did pay the cab fare. I ended up staying with her and grandpa happily for about six months. I'm sure my stepmother was thrilled to be rid of me, and grandma was always happy when I was there as she loathed my stepmother.

Me in my Kilt that Grandma brought back from Scotland. Not sure who the lady beside my grandfather is but the lady beside me is my Aunt Mary Galloway
Me in my Kilt that Grandma brought back from Scotland. Not sure who the lady beside my grandfather is but the lady beside me is my Aunt Mary Galloway

Shopping Trips

On Saturdays Grandma and I would take bus and go downtown. We would make the rounds going from Eatons to Simpsons department stores, always stopping in the candy department. Grandma had a sweet tooth. When we would get home Grandma would always put the candy she had bought in her underwear drawer. I suppose she thought she was hiding it this way. Then at night when we would be watching television she would whisper to me, “Susan, go get a few candies out of my drawer for us, but only a few.”

Grandpa and Susan
Grandpa and Susan

Alexander Stirling

Grandpa Stirling was a quiet man whom I adored. He was always doing stuff to keep me entertained. As soon as I was old enough to hold a few cards in my hand, he taught me how to play snap, rummy, crazy eights, poker, and tried to teach me cribbage.

Saturdays I would patiently wait as grandpa would always hand me a dime saying to me, "Why don't you go down to the corner store and get us a bag of those barbecue chips we like. When you get back we'll watch the fights together on the squawk box." We both loved those Humpty Dumpty barbecue chips that used to come in the cellophane bags. When I would get back from the store grandpa and I would share the chips while watching wrestling matches on TV.

This hub has become quite long, but I do hope that you enjoyed reading it. I feel fortunate to have had grandparents that loved me so much. There are so many more wonderful memories I have of them, and I'll cherish these memories forever.



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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much SWilliams!

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      What A heartwarming article. That is so amazing that you were able to honor your grandparents in such a positive light!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kathryn, Thanks, so glad you enjoyed this. I loved writing writing it. I still miss them very much, and yes they were a huge part of of my life, and very special. I'm sure your grandparents would love to get a letter from you. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the wonderful comments. Hope you had a nice weekend.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Voted up and across! I enjoyed this very much, and was disappointed when it ended. Those were such sweet stories you told about your grandparents. I can only imagine how special they must have been, since they were such a huge part of your life. That was very heartwarming.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day!

      I feel bad, because I have been thinking about Grandparent's Day, and meant to send my own a card. I forgot :( They may not even realize what day it is. I think I'll take some time to stop and write them a nice letter. Better late than never!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you radhikasree, so glad that you enjoyed it.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

      How beautiful grandparents you've got! It was a pleasant read.

      Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      ps, Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. So sorry that you only got to know one of your grandparents.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Stephanie and you just gave me an idea for Sunday :)

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a lovely sharing.

      How blessed you were.

      I only knew one grandparent (the others were deceased by the time I was four). I only new my Momma's mother and only just ever so slightly as she died when I was four. I would love to have memories of them. thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Angels are on the way ps

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      What beautiful memories of your grandparents! The perfect hub to re-read on Grandparent's Day! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      PDX, Thank you and I'm glad that you liked this.

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Beautiful memories, Susan. Thanks for sharing. I too have fond memories of my grandparents. Both my paternal grandparents have passed, but I still have my maternal grandparents (though my biological grandfather died a few years ago). Up and shared. Good work, Susan!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      PaisleeGal, Thank you, and I'll be sure to read your stories too.

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      Pat Materna 4 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

      Great story about your grandparents! Enjoyed it much and reminded me of my many happy childhood memories of spending time with my "Grands". I've just recently joined Hubpages and had thought of doing some stories about grandparents and believe I will. Sweet read and thanks.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Jackie, Thank you, so glad you liked the story. I have quite a few poems on HubPages that are about my life but not a lot of stories. Thanks again.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I loved your story, we all have one and it is right up my alley to know everyone elses. It also made me even more thankful to have the wonderful mother I did for as long as I did. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful grandparents. I would love to hear more.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      A.A. Thanks glad you liked it.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Susan, I heard about that taxi cab fare and what it cost her for years later:) She was Scottish and that thing they say about the Scots being penny pinchers ... in her case was so true.

      Glad you liked the hub and thanks you.

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      Augustine A Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

      Susan, you have facial features from both your grandparents!

      Such a touching story. I loved the pictures and the stories behind them. Life gave you lemons, but you made Mike's Hard Lemonade out of them. Thank you for sharing your story.

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Susan, I love this. I think I was my grandmother's favorite, too. ;-) Your memories of the way your grandma told stories and the one about your mother getting into the icebox for the "men" are so reminiscent of my grandmother and the way she used to tell stories. I bet she was irritated for that tax cab fare. LOL The beautiful thing is that you knew you were home when you were with your grandmother (grandparents). I truly related to this hub. Great Hub and Writing!

      Votes and shares!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      prairieprincess, Thank you. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this hub. I was very lucky and blessed to have such wonderful grandparents.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Susan, this was very beautiful to read. It is obvious that you and your grandmother were very close and both shared in the loss of your mother. I am glad that you had her in your life. Thanks for sharing this; I enjoyed reading it very much. Voted all the ups and blessings to you!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Sharon. Yes I was very lucky to have these two wonderful people as grandparents.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey, I didn't think this was too long. Actually, I was really in to it and want to hear more :) Sounds like you were extremely fortunate to have your grandparents. Great pics too.

      Sharyn

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      JamaGenee, I moved out of the country when I was 14 and I think it really broke my grandmothers heart to see me go. I saw her once before she died but by that time she had dementia, and I'm not really sure if she knew who I was. I did get to spend a day with my grandfather before he died a few years later.

      My sons are pretty close to my husbands mother and I wish everyone could have that bond with a grandparent.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Susan, what a wonderful tribute to your grandparents, and how lucky you were to have had them as a safe haven after your mother died. I love reading about "huggy kissy" grandmothers, as it was my dad's mum (according to my older cousins) who fit that description. Alas, by the time I came along, she was nearing the end of her life and died when I was 9 months old. My mother's mother, as you've probably guessed if you've read my Mother's Day hub, was not big on displays of affection. But, although I have very little memory of it, until around the time I entered kindergarten, I know the elderly couple next door took it upon themselves to be my substitute grandparents.

      Voted up and ALL the rest! ;D

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Peg, Thank you stopping by to read this. Glad that it brought back memories for you.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Susan, This lovely story is dear to all who hold fond memories of their grandparents and valuable to those who missed out on having their own. It's kind of you to share these wonderful experiences about the care and love they obviously had for you. That part about hiding the candy in the underwear drawer was precious. And the wrestling match brings back memories of my own Grandmother.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Martie, Thank you. I may just do that :)

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Susan, you were indeed fortunate to have had such loving grandparents. You were so cute, you must have brought them a lot of joy and happiness.

      Thanks for this most enjoyable hub. You should do a series on this topic.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Rosemay, So many great memories. I've yet to have Yorkshire pudding, but it's something I've always wanted to try. That's wonderful that your grandmother remarried at 68.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Ah so many memories come flowing back aye.

      I never got to meet my Grandmothers first husband he died before I was born, but she remarried at the age of 68 and had 4 wonderful years with the dearest man that I do think of as my Grandfather. he made the best Yorkshire puddings ever.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Rosemay, Something I just remembered about my Grandfather. He would sit in the kitchen with the radio on and listen to all the hockey and baseball games. Every once in awhile you'd hear him get mad or excited over something that happened in the game.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I can relate to this as I spent the biggest part of my childhood with my grandparents, especially the wrestling, my grandma never missed it on a Saturday.

      Thank you for sharing these treasured memories

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Vinaya, So sorry that you did not get to grow up with any of your grandparents.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      My father was orphaned when he was a teenager, so I did not see my grandparents from my father's side. My mother was raised by a single mother but my grand ma died when I was only 18 months.

      It felt good to read about your memories of your grand parents.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      ahorseback, Thanks so much!

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      ahorseback 5 years ago

      Susan , More , More , More !A story like this is never too long , I never knew my grandparents ,born to older parents we lost the grams and gramps too long ago. These experiences temper us into who we are today , now we can all see why Susan is so beautiful a woman! I love it when I can hit ALL the buttons......:-}

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Daffy, Oh If you do I'll let you know :)

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      Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      Robert the Bruce? Holy Crap! Remind me to never piss you off. lol

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Nell, Thanks for reading and hope you have a great day.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Marcy, They were pretty special people. Thanks!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Dusty, Thanks for stopping by to read this. Great memories :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cloverleaf, Thank you, glad you liked it.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Susan, what wonderful memories, and your grandparents looked absolutely lovely, this really took me back too, thanks, nell

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      What precious people! Your grandparents raised you during some of your most formative years; no wonder they hold special memories for you! Thanks for sharing these tender stories.

      Voted up and awesome!

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      50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

      Susan, great story of memories of the Grand Parents, Some sad, sorry for your early loss yet it seems you were taken care of with such good memories to share, I can relate to them, thanks,

      Dusty

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Susan, what a lovely hub and beautiful tribute to your grandparents. You have done an excellent job of answering the question with your favorite memories. I did chuckle at the dog food story ;)

      Voted up.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Samantha, Nice to meet you and thank you so much.

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      Samantha Gold 5 years ago

      Oh what lovely memories you have! You were so fortunate to have them, especially when you lost your mother when you were so young. God bless you and your family.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      B. Malin, I was lucky to have them. Glad you liked the story.

      Becky, Thanks so much.

      Sue, Thank you and glad you like it.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Susan,

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories of grandparents.

      My grandma loved telling stories and she had a sweet tooth too. :)

      Voted up up and away!

      Take care :)

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Sounds like you and I both lucked out in the Grandparents department. Beautiful hub, shared, awesome, and funny. Loved your mom enjoying the dog's food.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      What a Wonderful Heartfelt Hub on your Grandparents Susan...A Lovely Tribute, you made them proud, I'm sure, from up Above... and what a Treat you must have been to have, with their only daughter gone much too soon. Fun story on the Dog Food. In all a Beautiful Story, thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sis, Thought I'd told you about the dog food before. It makes me laugh every time I think of the story.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      mljdgulley, I agree not long enough at all. Thank you.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      supalumbo, My sons have a wonderful grandmother, which makes me very happy that they are able to have that special bond with her. They were also quite close to my dad when he was still alive.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Frank.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      AEvans, Thank you so much. Your comments brought tears to my eyes, which has never happened before.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Angela, I'm glad this brought back memories for you. Thank you.

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      Christy 5 years ago

      Beautiful story Suba! The dog food one is too funny, your poor mom, lol. Great hub:)

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      Beautiful story of you and your grandparents. Grandparents are very precious and we don't get to keep them long enough in my opinion.

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      supalumbo40 5 years ago from Louisana

      How blessed are we to have someone with wisdom and patience to love us. I wish that my children could have known all their grandparents. I was lucky enough to grow up with both sets plus great grandparents.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Susan thanks for sharing some of your life with us.. bless you

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruby, Thank you and I recall you mentioning something about your stepfather before. Thank you for reading and hugs are always welcomed :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lesley, Thank you. Going through the pictures yesterday, I wishing I had more than what I do.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      drbj, I never met my dads father as he died years before I was born. My dads mother I didn't see very much, but I think I lucked out with my moms parents.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Seeker, My grandmother used to tell me stories about how beautiful Scotland was and what it was like when she was a young girl there. I loved hearing about it.

      I noticed yesterday on the hub adds, there were trips advertised for Glasgow :) I've always wanted to go, and hope to someday.

      So glad that you enjoyed this hub, and thank you for all of your comments.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Eddy, Thank you and I hope that you're having a nice weekend.

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      When I was reading your story, I felt like I was sitting in your living room while you were sharing your family with me. I loved the story about your mom thinking the meat was good. lol!

      I believe you were your grandmother's favorite and that is okay. You were a special gift from someone special, your mother. She had a part of her with you.

      You also had your mom because grandma share so many stories. Now you know who your mother was. Your grandparents sounded so delightful and I could see the love you had for both of them through the words you wrote.

      Beautiful hub! Thumbs up and pinned. :)

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Delightful Hub -- and I can certainly understand your love for such wonderful grandparents. I was raised by my Granny and there's no love like it! Particularly enjoyed the chips and tv with your grandfather. Granny and I had chips and watched wrestling, too as it was the only thing we could get way back them on her tv. Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories for me -- voted way up! Best/Sis

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Grandparents are great...I sure miss mine. Thanks.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cardisa, That sounds like it would make a great hub:)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm so glad you shared this story with us. Your Grandparents sound wonderful. I can imagine how much you missed your Mother. Your Stepmother appears to be as bad as my Stepfather but we won't do there. I hope you will share more good memories..Thank you...Hugs

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Oh Susan you were so young to lose your mother...

      Thank you for sharing your lovely story and special memories of your wonderful and loving grandparents.

      Beautiful reading and voted up.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      What sweet memories of your grandparents, Susan, Thank you for taking the time to share them. The only grandparent I knew well was my mother's mother and I knew and loved her like a second mom. Not difficult to do since she lived with my mother and dad so I could visit all three of them at the same time throughout my life.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is a wonderful hub and I have to say I had tears in my eyes because in many ways your Grandparents reminded me so much of my own. But also because your Grand and Grandad were obviously such a support when your Mum died - the stepmother sounds like a right ------!

      'Bruce'! Hey, your Grandma had every right to be proud - being a descendant of King Robbie is a great thing!

      I remember my Gran telling me stories of her early life and the work that she did - in service when she was 13 - and I was fascinated. Grandad would take me around the local area and tell me all the history going back centuries.

      They've been gone a long time now, but I still miss them. But at least I've got the lovely memories to cherish.

      I really enjoyed this wonderful hub - and I don't think it was long at all, I could have read lots more - voted up + awesome!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Dave, Thank you :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      SimpleGiftsofLove, So glad you liked it. Thank you.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Melovy, I am one that doesn't give up. Never thought maybe it's from Robert the Bruce that I inherited this from :) Thanks you.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lizam, My grandmother never really got over losing my mother. I don't think there was one day that my mothers name was not mentioned. Thank you for your comments.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Billy, Thank you so much!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you for telling us all about your grandparents;this was indeed so interesting ,tender and beautiful.

      Take care and enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I do have soooooo many great memories of my grandparents! I lived with them too - well they were divorced so I lived with grand pop and my uncle! Lol. I think it really affected me in so many ways - I mean being raised early by a couple of old guys:) lol. They were good to me and I loved my gram but she lived here in St. Louis.

      There is nothing better than memories like that! Sweet - up and everything! Loved the photos!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      What wonderful memories with your grandparents. I can't say I have any fond memories of grand mothers but my grandfather (mother's dad) who is still alive, I have lots of memories. mostly how he would treat wounds and stuff with poultices he'd made.

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Susan: What a lovely tribute to your parents. this is awesome. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado

      Aww Susan, I love this! Great Job!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      How lovely that you had such a great relationship with your grandparents; especially when your mother died when you were so young. That must have been hard for a 3 year-old. Like Miss Olive I was amazed at you taking that cab ride. But then you’re Scottish (partly at least) so you come from great stock, especially if you are a descendant of Robert the Bruce! He’s known for not giving up!

      A lovely hub.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      missolive, When I think back to those times I shudder to think about such a young child jumping in a taxi cab and venturing out.

      So happy you enjoyed the hub. I wish everyone could have a great relationship with their grandparents.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruchira, Thank you. I'm so glad you liked this hub. They were pretty amazing people.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thank you for sharing this family history. Grandparents can make such a difference and I'm so glad yours were able to be there for you - sad for you all to loose your mum when you were so young and they to loose a daughter. You must have blessed them.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What wonderful memories, Susan! That is the kind of hub that just warms my heart. You were truly lucky; thank you for sharing your grandparents with us.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Awwww Susan - what a beautiful memory and childhood you had with your grandparents. I CANNOT believe you were brave enough to take a cab ride all by yourself - wow! You are one tough chickadee! It looks like the trip was definitely warranted since you were allowed to stay for at least six months. By the way, now you have me craving barbecue chips! And candies in the underwear drawer - priceless! Your pictures are adorable and your happy, smiling face while you are sitting on your Grandpa Sterling's lap says it all. Beautiful and heartwarming.

      I love and miss my grandparents so much. Thank you for sharing - great story Miss Bruce :)

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Oh btw...u were a cute baby and a pretty lady now :)

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Wow Susan.

      I am very sorry to know about ur mom...just 3 years is too young. But I am delighted to read about your grand parents. The stories sure did tickle my eyes n throat.

      I am glad that you have a wonderful today cause of such beautiful memories. Wishing you peace, joy my friend.

      Voted up as interesting.