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Long Live the Queen, my Grandmother and all the Mothers!

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Today, 8th of March has been full of reflection over life...
Oh, just to remember, being a child I didn't care about things like death, sorrow, and I knew I was always under protection of my family. But most of all, it was my grandma who raised me, cause my parents had to go and work and I waited until evening every day in my granny's house for them to come and pick me up...
We learned songs together, we went to church together, we played, we listened to my grandma's old stories of her childhood...
Now she is 74 and blind and worries about her health... The tears always dry her face out, she says it is because she cannot see the tears come out, but we all know what her tears are falling for...

All the years she raised us she gave her best, she gave us more - even she attended only 4 classes and could barely write. Many of her dreams come true and she can tell people what will happen if she hears what they dreamed about last night. All of the people of her age passed away and the only thing she enjoys in the community is going to church, sing there. But now she cannot walk the ling way and she knows she cannot stand all the mess.

Still she keeps the word of GOD and the faith!

As for me it is hard to go through the events like Woman's Day and New Year and so on because I see the wrinkles and the pain, I see the age and I count and wonder how many more events like that we will spend together. I leave 3 hours away from my Grandma but every time I come to see her I count the time and those minutes for me are the most important things of my life!

P.S. When the grandmothers speak, the Earth will be healed. (Hopi Prophecy)

Long live my Grandmothers and all mothers of our World!

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jadefrank's picture

Grandmothers

Victoria,

Thank you for reminding us to value, honor and cherish our grandmothers. I've been thinking of my grandmother today on International Women's Day. She, like your Grandmother, seems to have outlived most her friends and struggles to define her everyday purpose. But her life has been a difficult and incredible one and listening to her stories gives me ambition and strength to attempt to live my life as honestly and fruitfully as she has.

Warm regards,
Jade

philo Ikonya Gacheri's picture

Grandmothers...

Victoria,

I really love your writing on Grandmother. I love it so much... me too I was thinking of my late grandmother and actually decided to now start to daily transcribe a tape I have of her talking. Enjoy your grandmother. There are those silent moments with people in old age that are so golden and of such value when shared with a daughter or granddaughter. SOmetimes family duties of our own, and so many constraints keep us from living them whether with tears or smiles but I know that these are very powerful moments. These are the times when Grandmas and Mas pass on great contact with those who have not yet aged so much.... so thanks so much for letting me read this story. Thanks so much. I also could not understand International Womens' Day this year... I did not see much to celebrate... but I do remember we have so much power and prophecy to celebrate in women. So much. I must mention to you that my late maternal grandma was very unconventional and that is why we taped her. My mother says she was born before her time and that in many ways she would have done the things I do today if she had been born today... that is so interesting how we live in each other and all that... and others live in us. Thanks for sharing because your honest piece about sadness in old age and our sometimes neglect of those ageing....has helped me start a new life in me. I mean it. It has helped remember how i must be more often there for mum.. I really liked that part that she does not see the tears.. You know it made me think... very often actually none of us see our tears... they bubble out and we cannot see but we feel them so much... do we not?

Philo

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