I have wonderful memories of my granny, she is the reason I am alive and drug free. She did everything to make sure I had a better life than her. My grandfather was a year from retirement when I moved in. My grandmother started cleaning commercial houses to buy my clothes. She didn’t want me to wear uncool clothes. Granny scrapped paint off windows in new homes, causing Carpel Tunnel in both hands. In 1981 she fell off a ladder from the second floor, crushing the bones in both feet and ankles.
Just a few memories:
*I had a little two-step foot stool, allowing me see what she was doing.
* She washed dishes and I dried, we would talk about everything.
* Learning how to do laundry my red sunglasses feel in, I thought the machine would break.
*She taught me to hand was clothes at 9 years old.
*She grew Bougainvillea, they were huge. She was so proud of them.
*I came over while she recuperated from fall. I opened the drapes and blinds in the room. The next day she ask gramps to open the blinds. He didn’t do it like I did, she got out of bed, climbed in a chair and tried the pull drapes off wall.
*There were 4-5 formal functions at school each year. We would go to outlets year round to find dresses for $10-$15, there a big high-five when we found one.
*I went thru inspection before leaving home, can you see thru my dress or blouse and too much make up?
*I was only allowed to drive my car to certain places, no cruising Sonic for me.
*Granny knew I drank, on weekends when on meds, she would whisper not to take my meds on weekend.
*The smile on her face as we acted like her wheelchair was a sports car.
*When Dementia increased her frustration, she would hit herself in head. I made a little photo book with mostly photos of her, gramps and her beloved dog. I learn to recognize her anxiety increasing, I would get the photo book out and she relaxed.
Granny was a stubborn hard-working old fashion wife. She hid money, Gramps never knew until her death. I knew her hiding places. We rounded up several hundred dollars.
Granny taught me from her example, an example I saw my entire life. She gave me everything needed to tackle life. It warms my heart to know she was in love with gramps, she always reached for him.