Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Angel Wings

My great grandmother passed today. She lived a long, amazing life & was ready to go at the age of 90.

I have been so blessed in my almost 30 years, as I have had 4 great grandparents be part of my life, along with all 4 of my grandparents & 6 amazing great aunts & uncles. How many people can say that?!

My great grandmother that passed away today was actually my step great grandma, but it never felt that way.

She has an amazing story & I really wanted to share it with you guys.

M was born blind. 90 years ago a lot of families would have put their child in a home & never looked back. Not only was she blind, so were all the siblings that came after her. When M was about 8 her parents put her on a bus & sent her to a school for the blind, 2 hours away from home. I cannot even imagine, but she did it & loved it! She came back that summer after her first year & begged her parents to send all the other siblings back with her the following year, as she knew this would be the chance to give them the education they deserved. It is so amazing to me how "ahead of their time" her parents were & how awesome that all the children were able to be educated, despite their disability.

At the age of 14 my great grandfather met M & they were married. My grandfather & his brother were both with their father & in came M. My grandfather was 10 years younger than his brother, so by the time M joined the family, my great uncle was in the army & never was really around her. My grandfather on the other hand was so blessed to have his M as his step mother. My grandfather & great uncle had a VERY rough childhood, as their father was very abusive to them. When M came to the family, she was able to protect my grandfather. She made sure he had manners & went to school, she made sure my great grandfather would stay away from him. Because of M my grandfather is one of the most kind, caring, gentle men you will ever meet.

It was always so funny to see how different my grandfather was from his brother. His brother was gone when M married their father, therefore he never got the "polishing" my grandfather got. Both boys loved their step mother deary!

Because of M, my grandfather wanted to better himself & pass that along to his family..I truly have so much to be thankful for when it comes to her. If she had not helped my grandfather, my life could have been so very different.

M never let her blindness stop her from anything! But because of it, she had the memory of a tack! I was always so amazed by what she could do by her sense of smell, hearing, etc. No matter how many years could go by & I had not see her, as soon as she heard my voice, she knew it was me. She even knew there was going to be an LP & would ask my grandfather about LP when they talked on the phone.

She was a spit fire & I will end my story about her on a funny note that makes me smile every time I think of it.

M liked her liquor & she liked it STRONG. The more hair it could grow on your chest, the better she liked it. One day when my great uncle went to visit her at the nursing home, she asked him to take her to the liquor store, which of course was a big no no. So off they went..him on his walker, leading the blind lady! (can you imagine what the shop worker thought?!) I chuckle when I think of this...because this just shows how no matter how big or small the task, she was always up for it.

I can only hope that one day LP can look back on my grandparents, their great grandparents, with fond memories such as me. I have such special memories with all of my 4 great grandparents & have truly been so blessed to have them in my life.

2 comments:

  1. what an amazing tribute to a beyond amazing woman! such a story she had. i hope she finds some peace tonight, and im sending you some too because even when expected, it's hard to let go.
    i have no doubt that your LP will know these stories and hold them dear.
    xoxo
    lis

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