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To My Granddaughter as She Graduates

For what do you want to be remembered?
Is it for a soccer or scholastic trophy?
Or is it for the generous, kind adult
That you have worked hard to be?

Do you want to leave a legacy
Of how much property you own,
Or the bright light in the universe
That your life of justice has shone?

How will you give enough back
To leave a positive balance,
When you have so many blessings;
Was it simply by blind chance?

Or do you think you were chosen
To be an example in the world
Of the harmony on earth as in heaven
That The Prophet Jesus foretold?

You may face fears and fall
Many times on your life's path,
But I know your faith and family
Will forever be your ballast.

From the time that you were born,
You burned with such bright energy;
I'm grateful that you choose to share
Some of your beautiful light with me.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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Sangita Thapa's picture

loving granny!

Dear Y, your granddaughter is very lucky that she has you to love, encourage and support her. My granny left this world long ago, but your poem reminded me of her. She must have been very proud and happy to see me today as I write back to you in her loving remembrance. I miss her often. Thank you for sharing.

Y's picture

I'm so sorry about you

I'm so sorry about you beloved granny.
I'd love to hear more about you and your granny.


LisaXi's picture

What a lucky young lady to

What a lucky young lady to have such a complimentary grandmother, who's love and respect for her shines through.

Y's picture

It is I who am blessed by

It is I who am blessed by being included in her spirit.


erinluhmann's picture

A Lovely Tribute

I've come across quite a few submissions from daughters celebrating their mothers, but it's nice to read about a grandmother's adoration for her granddaughter as well. This helps round out the sense of female communal support that this campaign is working to bolster.

Thanks for sharing,

Y's picture

Thank you so much, Erin.

Thank you so much, Erin. There are many mothers who became so by accident. I don't applaud those who have not taken their motherhood as an opportunity to be their best selves, though this is very difficult if one has poor mothering example, or even scorn, from her own mother. My mother was a mother to produce future generations of "Soldiers of Christ" for her church. We were her crosses to bear. I chose to be a mother, but it was exceedingly difficult with no automatic actions to being an affirming mother.

My daughter, the mother of the granddaughter to whom I wrote this, has given her life over to mothering her children and the children of the earth through teaching. My hope is that her daughters take their service to the vulnerable to at least their mother's level. Too much of our human history continues to go backward. My prayer is that my grandchildren exceed my efforts toward justice and peace on earth.

Blessings to you.


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