The Woman I Admire Most…

2 Feb

My Grandmother… Betty Jo. To me, she is simply Gramma. No matter what I have done in my life, no matter how “unacceptable” my behavior, my Gramma has always been there for me 100% of the time. I know beyond any doubt that she would do absolutely anything for me… and without hesitation.

For over 25 years, she has selflessly cared for her sister, Kathy, who was paralyzed in a car accident. My Gramma has fed her, bathed her, helped her use the toilet and cleaned her afterward, played thousands of games of YAHTZEE with her, wiped Kathy’s tears on the days when she was overwhelmed by her disability, laughed with her, cried with her, encouraged her, and loved her.

Every person that she comes into contact with that has a need that she can fill has been the recipient of whatever gift she can spare. She bakes pumpkin bread during the holidays for her mailman, sends money to friends with a need greater than her own, makes it a point to send cards on birthdays and holidays, and my favorite part of all is how she makes a point of telling me how much she loves me. Without fail, every time we are together, she tells me about how when I was born, she “just knew” that I was her guardian angel and that’s why she calls me “Angel.”

When she talks about herself, she tells about how broke down she is, how her body can’t take anymore, how she really should go on a diet because she weighs 110 pounds, how awful her hair is, how wrinkled her skin is, how she can’t read without her glasses, what new medication her multiple doctors have put her on, how tired she is, how she doesn’t know if she will quit smoking, and how I must get sick and tired of constantly “having to help” her with things that come up.

When I think about her, I think about how she has dedicated her life to being a servant to those in need, how she makes me feel very special when we are together, how she lights up when I make her a birthday card with a drawing just for her, how soft her skin is and how I wish mine was as soft, how she talks and laughs in her sleep… I think about how blessed I have been to have such a loving and generous Grandmother as a role model.

I am so grateful for all that she has taught me about life, love, and service.

2 Responses to “The Woman I Admire Most…”

  1. Marla Hansen February 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm #

    Thank you for inviting me to follow your blog. I am going to like it here.

  2. Sherry H February 3, 2010 at 2:21 am #

    What a great tribute! My grandmother is 96 and has had dementia for YEARS…. So sad! She was a 1st grade teacher and loves people. But doesn’t remember anyone anymore, including me. I miss her!

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