Do you remember your times with your Grandma?

@TriciaW (2441)
United States
April 26, 2007 11:26am CST
I saw a sponsor ad and it reminded me of my grandma. She always believed in nap time and every nap she would lay with me and read me The Poky Little Puppy. I loved that book and I can still hear her reading it to me. She was not the most gentle grandma in the world but she always read me that story before nap time and I have such fond memories of her because of that. What did your Grandma do?
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9 responses
• Philippines
27 Apr 07
I never expected to be at her side during her darkest hours. I grew up living at my grandma's house, but i used to be always not in the house - either i'm at school or i'm playing with the other kids outside. my grandma's a good person, and she's a very good cook. i loved her cooking so much i can't forget the time that i'm used to eating heavy meals at least 4-5 times a day. i'm not that close to my grandmother but then, inspite of her having 10 children of her own, no one was good enough to be with her during her last days. i was there when she started losing her memories. i was out of school back then, and my father asked me to stay in the house with her to take care of her. me and my cousin stayed with her and took care of her. Here in the Philippines, old folks aren't supposed to be sent to nursing homes. i used to wake up at 6 am, boil some hot water for our coffee, and buy bread for breakfast. then i'd sleep a little or clean the house. sometimes she asks me to do other menial tasks. for 3 months i saw her disease progress, how she always asked what my name is and where i lived. i used to remember how i have to spend my time cleaning her room because she can't control her urinating anymore. it's so sad, and to think that she wasn't a bad mother to her kids. but at least my father, who's working in another country, thought of me spending my time to take care of my grandmother. i'm not used to taking care of my mother myself, but i guess God must have his own way of teaching me things. One time i was surprised when my mother and my siblings visited me at grandma's house. It was a heartwarming experience. Me and Grandma used to be the only persons inside a big house of hers, but for a day it felt like those days when my grandfather was still alive and all of my grandma's kids and grandkids were together. At least for a day my grandmother was so happy. We hired a helper to take care of my grandma whenever i have to go back to my house to fetch my clothes. But I'm still spending my time with her and took care of her needs whenever she got sick. One day I got sick myself. I had an asthma attack and my mother asked me to go home. I had this feeling I don't want to leave, but I went home anyway to get my medicines. That day my Grandmother slipped and fell on her head. She was conscious when they brought her to the hospital but she slipped into a coma after a few hours. Doctors never gave her a chance to live for more than a day. I was furious at myself that day, and even when i was having my own breathing problems myself, i went to the hospital and stayed with her for a few hours. I went back to her house to sleep, but was quickly roused when my cousin told me that my Grandma finally passed away. I'm sad my grandma passed away. But even in her last days she still managed to teach me important lessons in life.
@TriciaW (2441)
• United States
27 Apr 07
Your story touched my heart. Thank you for sharing it. I do hope you know that it was not your fault. What you did for your grandmother was more then most people would do and you made her life the best it could have been. Your grandmother is watching over you now loving you for all you gave her I have no doubt about it. Again thank you for sharing.
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
5 May 07
My Grandma played favourites, she has always favoured her older son (my uncle) & it just isn't right the way she treated one side of the family better than she did my side of the family. She is still around but i don't speak to her much coz it's just not worth it. I have a daughter & she has faked an interest in her but we all know she doesn't really care coz her favourite Granddaughter is pregnant now too so we all know her fake interest in my daughter will be gone once that baby arrives. It's always been that way & so i have learnt to deal with it - i may as well not have a Grandmother coz when she played favourites, i lost all respect for her - it's wrong & something no grandmother should do.
• Philippines
27 Apr 07
my grandmom is a very loving and gentle woman. she does everything for me. i still remember those sweet days because i was raise by her side with my parents. if its nap time she will bring me some glass of milk, and then after i finish it ill go back to my bed and she would pat my head and tell stories of her own. i love her very much that i feel so much bless for having her.
• United States
27 Apr 07
my grandma use to love to make up strange silly songs and sing them to me. one was i am farting and a burping dont mind me. she was goofy. that and we had a dog that was named rambo he was a little dog too. she would say boo woo 3 times and the dog would howl like crazy. lol. she loved to cook and was always making something. we didnt have much money so it was like fresh beans, potatoes, then she would make a coffee cake that was great. she tried to teach me to swing dance too. that was alot of fun. we wold sit and play games for hours like moon, rummy, etc. i think the thing i remember most is the look on her face when the judge told everyone that my parents were unfit and i had asked to live with her and my grandpa and that is what he was going to rule. she had no idea i was asking for that i was only 9. she never thought for a min that she would end up with me. her face was shocked, happy, scared, and so loving. when i was 13 my grandpa past away and well my grandma just lost it. right before my 14th bday i went to stay with my mom to give her a break and well i never got back to her. i miss her alot.
@KissThis (3006)
• United States
27 Apr 07
My grandmother lived ten hours away from us so it was always a treat to go see her. For most of her life she lived in the mountains of Kentucky. It was always fun to go an adventure in the woods with grandma. She would take us for walks in the woods to teach us about the wilderness. Grandma past away many years ago but every time I go to Kentucky I can still hear her point various different things out in the woods.
• United States
26 Apr 07
I was raised with an abusive step-father until I was 11 years old. What I remember best about my grandma is that when I was getting hit or scared that I would get hit she would come get me. I would call her on the phone from home and sometimes school and tell her I wanted to come to her house. She never let me down, she would always come and pick me up. I knew as soon as I saw my grandma pull up in that shiny red truck that everything would be okay.
@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
26 Apr 07
My grandmother was my life. She took care of me more than my parents when I was young. She was such an amazing woman. She never complained about anything. I miss her so much. She would always 'save' me from my parents...And she would let me stay up late to watch 'Sammy Terry'. I lost her and my only grandpa I ever had within a month of eachother when I was pregnant with my 3rd child 8 years ago. I miss them both so much. (grandma was from my dad's side and grandpa was on my mom's side) My grandpa taught me how to whistle...And man did he let me drive EVERYONE crazy doing it! lol Grandparent's are GREAT!
@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
26 Apr 07
My Grandma passed away 2 years ago so my memories and emaotions are sitll very fresh. My Grandma was very intelligent and wise. I remember her shoking us sometimes with her honesty and advice. She also had this candy dispenser that she would always keep filled with different things, but mostly I remember visitning her and getting some great lemon drops. I inherited that candy dispenser and now I keep it full, but mostly with M&M's. I do miss her.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
26 Apr 07
oh I loved the Poky little puppy too! It was my mother who read it to me over and over when I was 5. I think it was probably the first book I ever learned to read on my own - but mostly that was because I memorized it after her countless patient hours of reading it and reading it again and again. I have few memories of my grandma and great grandma as we always lived very far away from them. but those few memories are cherished.