I was lucky enough to get to know both my grandmothers very well – my dad’s mom died when I was 18, my mom’s mom died when I was 31, and my family and I were close to both of them. So I know firsthand that they were both wonderful grandmas, in very different ways – great examples of the many, many kinds of grandmothers there are in this world.
My dad’s mom had four granddaughters, all close in age, and while I’m sure she would have loved grandsons just as much as she loved us… she had a GREAT time dressing her four girls in matching outfits. We all had many beautiful dresses and accessories over the years, identical except the younger girls would get one color, and our big sisters would get another. She was the sort of grandma who delighted in helping us appreciate the finer things in life, whether it was by taking us to see the Nutcracker ballet, buying us all our own sets of pearls and explaining how to care for them, or serving delicacies for Christmas Eve dinner that we might not otherwise try. Nonna taught us how to be ladies.
My mom’s mom had a sprawling herd of grandkids of all types and ages, boys and girls, and she was happiest with a house full of us. She always gave us Christmas boxes bursting with treasures she found at garage sales or in her own basement, had trunks of cool old clothes and shoes for us to dress up in, and helped us with craft projects like making a Christmas ornament or a clove-studded orange. She would take on anyone willing to play a game of Scrabble with her, and she would usually win (assisted by a couple of her special rules, like the one that allowed anyone with three or more of the same letter to trade one or two in). Grandma Betty taught us how to make our own fun.
Today we share 5 condolence messages about other types of grandmothers – they’re all different, but the one thing they have in common with each other, and with my grandmas, is that they were all beloved.
- My Grandma was truly someone special. She always had a funny story to share, and no matter what was on your mind she could make you laugh. Every time I think of her I remember another funny story. With a smile on her face she found nicknames for everyone, including herself–Bad Dog. She loved everyone, and could always find the good in anyone. She loved all of her children, grand children, and great grand children unconditionally. [Published in The Oakland Press]
- I remember as a little girl, Grandma would cut the little seeds out of our bananas for my brother and I. [Published in Florida Today]
- You were the Best Grandma Ever!!!And the best cook I know,I’ll never forget hot chocolate pudding,rice pulp,red cabbage over boiled potatoes with homemade pork chop gravy, The huge Sunday dinners you made for the whole family and anyone else that showed up,all by yourself with no help or complaints,I’ll never forget the tents you made us kids in the lake yard,and what other kind of grandma would let the grandkids make the whole house into a tent..You were the Greatest!!! [Published in South Bend Tribune]
- My Grandma didn’t drive for most of her life, but I remember when she took driving lessons, received her license, and on Friday nights would drive me and Janice to go rollerskating. In a Camero. How cool were we! [Published in Sacramento Bee]
- My grandmother was a wonderful person. She is the one who taught me how to love. I am happy that I had a chance to spend so much time with her and so many wonderful memories. Grandma always wanted to see everyone happy and she was also concerned with her family. She was always so happy to hear my voice during our weekly phone calls. Grandma was always so happy to hear that I was doing good and she made a point of always telling me how proud she wasof the man I had become. Even up to her last days she was worried about her family. In our last conversation I asked her if there was anything I could do for her before she left this earth. She said, “Keep working hard and doing good for yourself. I want you to make sure that you keep the family together and support one another no matter what”. That was my grandmother; more concerned with her family than herself at times. I always ended our conversations the same way, “Grandma I love you and thank you”. [Published in Albany Times-Union]
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