My Grandmothers are Incredibly Strong and Admirable Women

Submitted by Hannah Gonzales (age 16 )

Nowhere in the world is as safe as grandma’s house. When you’re a kid, it’s the most comfortable place you can think of. The memories of being young and being at my grandma’s house stick out to me in the form of snapshots, little bits and pieces of sensations, like the always-present-yet-faint scent of strong perfume, or the way the light shines through the sitting room window on lazy afternoons. I remember how going to grandma’s house always meant that I was in for a treat, and whether it be a glass of homemade orange juice or a painting lesson, it never failed to excite me. I’m reminded of exactly how it felt to be there when I was younger and of all of the adventures I went on with grandma. Everything seemed so much bigger then; a trip to the store or to the beach seemed as if it was the trip of a lifetime. And yet, something so small, so mundane, lingers among my fondest memories.
My Grandma Toni, who was my dad’s mom and passed away in 2008, was, and remains to be, one of my favorite people that I’ve ever had the privilege to meet and get to know. She had quite the eccentric personality, and almost everything she did or said was hilarious. Her sense of humor was always shining, and there was very little that she would take seriously. She always took my side no matter what, and whether it be standing up to the preschool bully, or persuading my dad into getting me some new toy, she never failed at making sure that someone got what they deserved. Toni managed to make everything fun – we literally fed seagulls in the Big Lot’s parking lot every day, and it was actually made enjoyable. I’ll never forget all of her antics and all of her stories and everything that she’s taught me. I look up to her for her strength and for all that she’d gone through. I know that she didn’t just touch my life, but the lives of many others as well, and I will always remember her for the inspiration that she is.
My Grandma Fifi has always been a huge influence on my life, and she has taught me more over the years than I can ever put into words. Ever since I was a little girl, she has always been there for me, and she’s served so many roles in my upbringing; as my guide, my teacher, and my best friend. There are so many outstanding traits, and yet what I really admire is Fifi’s creativity and talent. She was the first person to really teach me how to draw and paint, and I cannot thank her enough for all of the time she’s spent with me and for all of what I’ve learned from her. Her artistic talents and visions expanded my own creative mind, and her motivation is my inspiration. Fifi’s strength and her undying love are radiant and encouraging, and I am so grateful for all of the memories that we have shared.

Both of my grandmothers are incredibly strong and admirable women, and I love them more than I can put into words.


Hannah’s Grandma Toni

“I am so Lucky to be here on earth to be a Grandma”

These are the words of My sister-in-law Nancy. Nancy had a successful kidney transplant three years ago and knows how special being alive to welcome her first Grandchild into the world can be. After many years of illness Nancy did not know if she would be around to hold her grandchild and watch her grow. My brother-in-law ( Nancy’s brother Steven) was able to donate a kidney to Nancy. Three years later Nancy is strong and enjoys all of life’s blessings, especially being a Grandma to Gabriella Grace. Nancy says “I’ve only been a Grandma for one year but I will say it has been one of the best years of my life.Just seeing the joy and happiness Gabriella brings to everyone she meets brings me such happiness.The only advice I can give is to let parents be parents and be blessed to be a Grandma and enjoy everything.” A life lesson we can learn from Nancy’s experience is the pure joy of being a Grandparent is one of life’s greatest rewards.


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Three Generations of Beauty Inside and Out

Submitted by Megan Kennedy Cameron:

I think my grandmas make a difference in my life every day.My grandmas have taught me the value of time and just how precious it truly is.
If I can say I’m grateful for one thing, it would be the time I’ve spent with these two wise and tenacious woman. Both so unique, well traveled, and cultured, I feel as if I learn more talking intimately with these two stunning ladies than I would in any history or geography class.
Both of my grandmas’ eyes tell such a timeless story. I see into their souls and hearts, and when I look into their eyes I’m captivated by them. Everyone has those faces that pop into their minds when a situation arises. These are a couple that appear in mine- to comfort, to guide, to love, to listen, and to hold me to a standard. Sweet they are, but far from easy on me and for that I am forever grateful. They know I can succeed in anything I put my mind too because they’ve succeeded in everything they have put theirs too. Overcoming adversities such as culture change, losses, hardships, language challenges, and mother nature these to have proven to me I can accomplish anything and they won’t settle for anything less. I can’t wait until I can afford to take care of them on my own. You are my world Pauline M. Cameron and Junko Kennedy

Infinite Love and Blessings Always,
May May


Names for grandmas

One of the fun and interesting things I’ve enjoyed about being a grandma is the different names/titles I’ve been given by our grandkids. Our first guy, Devin, christened me ManyFifi when he was a little thing. He came up with the name completely on his one. We figured it was a hybrid of Mom for his mom, Nanny for my grandmother and his great-great, and his great grandmother, Fifi. Pretty clever and I could probably make the claim to be the one and only ManyFifi in the world. The next two in line, Julia and Sascha, called me Nanny from the get go. Tim’s mother, their great grandmother was also called Nanny but there never seemed to be any confusion with it. Next came, Sophia, Devin’s little sister, and I along with everyone else assumed she’d pick up the ManyFifi moniker for me. But, she streamlined it down to Nan…and has added the adjective Naughty in front of it as of late. (I can’t imagine why? ha ha) Four year old, Emma, is quite efficient in that she calls us GrandpaNanny. I suppose she sees us as one unit. I wonder if her new little baby brother, Jake, will adopt the same moniker for me/us. Actually when Emma was really tiny she called me, ‘ha,ha,ha.” When ever I walked in the room she’d utter hahahaha. I suppose it was because I let out a joyous laugh when I saw her. I reminded her of that the other day but she just looked at me like, “What? your name is GrandpaNanny.” I love it. On occasion, Devin will call me grandmother but always in a tongue in cheek sort of way. I’m not really sure what he calls me when I’m not around but as long as it’s nice, I’m good with it, right? So, I’m curious about other grandmother’s out there…what do your grandkids call you?

Grandma’s spread a universe of love

Submitted by June S. :Being a Grandma means no worries over things like should I have already managed potty training,it is ok to give another cookie ,is he reaching milestones .I have learned the universe sorts out most matters as long as we all spread a lot of love ,patience and nurturance a child s way




Submitted by Erika Swanstrom: My grandma margarita used to watch me a lot when I was a kid. She beat the hell out of me with a slipper. That’s the first Spanish word I learned, “erika I’m going to get the chancleta!” The woman is barely 4’2″ now & still scares me!! ️ But Erika is now BiLingual





Definition of a Grandma


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