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Today is Mother's Day: Grandma I love you, you guide me from heaven

My grandmother's name is Andreina. She was born in a very small town far away from any city in the border of Cochabamba and Potosi. She and her family were indians of Cochabamba, who spoke Quechua. She married my grandfather, who came from another very small village in the border of Oruro and La Paz, who spoke Aymara. Andreina had seven children. She taught all of them well, and decided to move to the city of La Paz because she wanted all her children to study to have a better future.

This amazing woman, who spoke Quechua, Aymara and Spanish very well, could only attend the third grade in school But she knew that studying was the right thing to do. All of her children speak all three languages. All of them attended high school. Only one of them studied at the university at the right age. The rest studied technical courses and opened their own businesses. My mother was a widow very young and went to the US in order to send money to raise me. Beacuse poverty was harsh on all of us, you know.

From her I inherited the desire of making people's lives better. She was the one to open the first road to her village, to make water ponds for the animals to have water in dry seasons, and to plant trees all over the place so that people would have wood to build their homes.

But the best thing she did was to put the desire of studying inside of me. I studied no matter what. I had two kids that I was raising on my own, I had to pay all the bills, I had to work all day, I had to study at night. Many times I would not sleep for days. But I finished in exactly four years, being the second of my class in grades, in 1994.

And she did the same with my mother and my aunts and uncles. Last year, one of my aunts graduated from Law School .. she attended school at the same time her daughters did. And my beautiful and strong mother, has studied Journalism and graduated in 2002... and this year she's really busy, because she is finishing Law School!

THANKS GRANDMA, you are beautiful, you are loved, you guide us all from heaven.

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Your grandma sure appreciated the value of education and empowerment. Every need an angel in their lives yours was grandma and she is watching over you right now. God bless her

Peace!
Fatima

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God Bless her

Thanks Fatima,

I really appreciate the fact that you can relate to my grandma and have a glimpse of the kind of love she gave to me. She is indeed my guardian angel.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

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Grandmother's wisdom

Jackie,

Your post yesterday struck me and now this today about your grandmother. I have a deeper understanding of how you draw on the depth of wisdom, strength, and empowerment. One of the many wise traits of your grandmother Andreina was the quest of knowledge and honing the intellect. It sounds like she was the woman who tended the home, the children, the community with an eye to the next generations. I can see how that has been filtered into you now.

Thanks for sharing about Andreina, what a gorgeous name. Congrats to you on your education, to your mom, to your aunt. I bet you had celebrations that lasted late into the night!

Love,

Laura

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Thanks Laura

Andreina was a surely a great lady. My mom and my aunt are great ladies too. I am very proud of them. This year I could not go to La Paz where they live, to celebrate with them. Hopefully next year.

But I did celebrate with my husband and my daughter, though. And my other sons called me early in the morning and made my day.

A hug to you, dear Laura.

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

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