Post
Experience Project iOS Android Apps | Download EP for your Mobile Device

My Lovely Grandmother

I was closer to my Grandmother than I have ever been to my mother.
 
We lived with her and then she lived with us. She was very polite and very kind. And always very much the lady! Not "put on airs and graces", but just natural and elegant; a lady with a soft gentleness and refinement about her.
 
She taught me to treat others with respect and tried to instill in me the politeness that was so natural to herself (of which she has succeeded in the main). I smile when I think how each mealtime she insisted on putting on lace tablecloths, laying out the best china with milk jugs and sugar basins just so it would look nice for us!
 
I think my Grandmother was a little unusual when she was younger (and of which I am proud). She never married until much later (certainly for those times) – very late 20’s and was a Manager of a Milliners shop (and a very skilled hat maker herself). My mom (and uncle) never came along until she was 30 odd which back then was unheard of!
 
She could make clothes (or toys like Teddy Bears) better then anything you could buy in a shop today and was always in demand to make these said clothes for family and friends. I think if she had been young in this day and age, my Grandmother would have been a real “trail blazer” in the world of fashion, paving the way and creating waves!
 
I remember so fondly her kindness and patience. She practically taught me to read and write and instilled her love of stories and poems in me.
 
She was a wonderful cook!
 
A hard worker! At home, with her "career"  and during her life in general.  I remember in her late 60’s when we must have been hard up for cash, my Grandmother working at a garage long hours – not in the office but outside on the forecourts cleaning and washing all the cars and taking care of me at the same time while my mom was at work!
 
And a very glamourous lady. Even in her last years, she always looked her best. And pictures of when she was younger, show a beautiful and gentle lady with kind eyes. There was a touch of the “dashing” about the pictures too – My grandfather (whom I never knew) on his motorbike with my Grandmother sitting in the side car, or pictures of them leaning against their vintage car – almost Bonnie and Clyde style!
 
My sisters, brother and I will never forget my Grandmother. She had been there for all of us in one way or another and made a real difference in our lives. A real Star and one of a kind!
 
I am proud to be her granddaughter. I just loved my Grandmother.
liguidgold liguidgold 41-45, F 52 Responses May 19, 2011

Your Response

Cancel

To those who have thanked me for this story - thank you back. :)

Lena and teleeR - thanks for popping in to comment :)

liguidgold i know how you feel...i've recently lost my Grandfather and he was very close to me and my brother, I truely miss him and I like to say this to my greiving Grandmother "You have to be happy for what WAS, not sad for what could have been" because it's true! I don't think we ever get over things like this, we wish only that our wounds may heal, leaving a scar of memories that may comphert (spelling sorry) us by reminding us how our Grandparent was such a great person!

Candy. Thank you so much for popping in here. I have been overwhelmed with the amount of comments received but it is so wonderful. A fantastic tribute for my Grandmother. And so many of us can relate. Your compliments as always genuinely appreciated. :) Your a star too!

Loving friend~ she is very proud of you,she is a testament to the woman you are today. Made me cry just reading about her giving,teaching loving. I see why you are so talented have many of her qualities~ She lives in your heart ,now down to your son~beautiful read! xxx you are a shining STAR! happy I met you!<br />
<br />
lov all the nice comments...<br />
i have a old pic of my Gran wearing a fur standing in front of a old car too :) a real beauty ~

Grandmothers are very special. :) thank you for stopping by and leaving comment :)

Awww she sounds lovely.. You were lucky to have such a nice grandmother. I miss my grandmother so much.

Sillyginger and Missmickey. Thank you for commenting :)

This is beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes. I am also closer to my grandmother than my mother as well. I felt as if you were describing my grandmother, not her personal life but her personality traits. People like them are one in a million, the most kind-hearted compassionate loving people in the world.

Aww. Thanks. Yes. Very loving and giving. Thank you for commenting :)

Thank you Kata. She definitely was a very refined and gentle lady but she also was an extraordinarily strong person; in mind, body and spirit. I didn't know you had also written a story here. Will go and have a look now. Love and hugs to you.

Thank you so much Teeny! As you said, she was an excellent role model. I hope you write something too. hugs :)

What a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. You clearly show your deep love and respect for her and have described her wonderful character and admirable qualities perfectly, she clearly was a great inspiration to you and an excellent role model. I enjoyed reading this and it has brought to mind many cherished and wonderful memories of my own dear grandmother, who was also a very special lady.and a great inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing this.....you have greatly inspired me to write a tribute to my own precious grandmother.

Thank you! She taught me so much, offered encouragement and (unlike my mother) never criticised or judged me! But even without the sentiment and love due to the fact she was my Grandmother, I think if I'd just met her on life's journey, she would of stood out to me.<br />
<br />
Just such gentleness about her, but great strength too. Some people just radiate 'life' and have that certain something that captures others attention. My grandmother had that.<br />
<br />
Thank you for commenting. :)

Thanks hon!

I am very sorry for your recent loss princess. My grandmother in my story passed away some years ago but has never been forgotten.<br />
<br />
Remember the good times with her. I am sure she would want you to be happy.

I'm so sorry! i miss my grandma so much! its been 8 months since she passed away. i was so close to my grandma. i still remember the time my mom told me that she passed away. my mom came in and out of my room trying to find her pass port. and i after a while i asked her whats going on? she sat me down and said your grandma passed away from a heart attack. my grandma and grandpa were in Ecuador for there 51 wedding anniversary. my grandma died in my grandpa's arms. my mom had to go to Ecuador to go and tranceport her all the way to U.S. when i went to her funeral i gave her my LOVE neckless. its buried with her, but when ever i go to ca, is very hard for me to be happy. <br />
<br />
through out 8 months i have done horrible things because i have been so depressed :(<br />
<br />
im so sorry for your lost of your grandma

I miss my great grandma as she passed away when I was 2, but I remember her holding me several tmess and playing with me, and jst loving me to death, what a GREAT grandma.

Yes. She was a strong woman and much admired by all who knew her :)

you deserve to be very proud of your grandmother. after all she played the hand delt to her pretty well.

Thanks Chetnya :)

Hi,<br />
<br />
It is wonderful to see a grand daughter writing about her Grand Mother and has more fond memories of her than her own parents. Sometime certain people break the age gap and live with others by keeping their mentality as theirs. Your Grand Mother seems to be one of those, and must say you are lucky to be with her.<br />
<br />
If possible share one her picture.<br />
<br />
Regards,<br />
<br />
Chetnya

Picky lady. I think they never really leave us plus ... They live on through us, in thought and word and deed ...<br />
Wooglie, thank you so much for your kind words!<br />
Charlie, yes, I was lucky to have her :)

Your so lucky to have grown up with grandmother,as a friend and teacher, most kid today have their grandmother as their mom

I was jus telling my husband of what a difference that you can make in the life of a child. My grand kids have my heart. Your grandmother sounds like a lovely person and you too for seeing all her beauty. What a beatiful story!

I had only just turned 4 when my Grandma passed on. I remember her essence though and definitely sensed her presence when my Father passed on some 13 years later, even though she was my Mum's mother. I still think of her often to this day and the life she must have had, it wasn't easy by any means. She must have had a great sense of humour judging by some of the photos I have. The strange thing is last night I dreamt about the words Miner, Collier and Copycat, and puzzled by this I Googled these words and of course Miner is a Pitman and Copycat made me consider the word Cat. My Grandmother's name was Kate Pitman, but everyone called her Kit. So even some 45 years later I feel she is still trying to look out for me. God bless you Grandma, I still miss you. I still have her engagement ring and will wear this tonight to see if I can communicate with her.

I had only just turned 4 when my Grandma passed on. I remember her essence though and definitely sensed her presence when my Father passed on some 13 years later, even though she was my Mum's mother. I still think of her often to this day and the life she must have had, it wasn't easy by any means. She must have had a great sense of humour judging by some of the photos I have. The strange thing is last night I dreamt about the words Miner, Collier and Copycat, and puzzled by this I Googled these words and of course Miner is a Pitman and Copycat made me consider the word Cat. My Grandmother's name was Kate Pitman, but everyone called her Kit. So even some 45 years later I feel she is still trying to look out for me. God bless you Grandma, I still miss you. I still have her engagement ring and will wear this tonight to see if I can communicate with her.

came from the heart. wish i had let my gramma know how i felt.

Annaviga - yes, I think age is totally irrelevant when you respect, care and love another.<br />
<br />
Ladymaggs. Such a lovely comment!<br />
<br />
Mare - lots of good memories :)<br />
<br />
Thank you all so much x

That was such a sweet story. I miss my grandmother too. She was one cool woman.. You have lots of nice memories of your grandmother. Thanks for sharing.

That is a wonderful Ode to your grandmother. Your Love is felt throughout the whole reading. I often think that we (women) should get up every day and play 'Dress-up' if for nobody else 'the Postman'.<br />
Besides, it can be fun if you are capable of looking at yourself in ye olde glass.<br />
Maggie

Thank you Liquidgold for your story. <br />
It makes me cry from the happiness as there are people who are loving and caring and despite generation gap they can communicate and love each other.

Thank you both and regards :)

Very ,very nice :)

It's remarkable how similar our pasts are. I, too, was raised by my grandmother (my parents were divorced when I was 4). I guess they took one look at me and decided to "split".<br />
Anyway ---- I harken back to the days when I "felt" that my grandmother was, indeed, the mother I never knew.<br />
And --- what a wonderful cook she was. If only I could turn the hands of time, back --- how I miss her.<br />
Regards and best wishes to you: Jim

Today's date!!! <br />
<br />
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR GRANDMA!

Today is/was my Grandmamma's birthday. I miss her so much!! Like you I was closer to my grandmamma than I ever will be with my mom. She was always there for me and made me feel good about myself when nobody else would. When I did things that the rest of my family disapproved of, my grandmamma would tell me to hold my head up and everything would be ok. She always told me to hold my head up and to hold my shoulders up and keep my back straight and to make sure I put on lipstick. She ALWAYS made me feel like I was beautiful and smart and that I could do anything if i tried. She was so so beautiful and so so smart. She always knew just what to say to make me feel better. And she had my back! She would fight for me if anybody said or did anything to me to hurt me. SHE WAS THE BOMB!!!!!! I am so proud of her and so blessed to have had her in my life. She passed away on my birthday in July several years ago, but I don't let that mess up my birthday because she would be so upset if I did. So for her, I make sure I have a happy birthday and don't remember it as the date of her death. I just remember today June 2, her birthday, I MISS HER SO VERY MUCH!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMAMMA !!!!!!! I MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH!!I I LOVE YOU!!

Um... Wat a nice grandmother she is. My mother is the last girl of my grandmother. She love evry thing about my mother, so he love me and my brother. I use to see her when am in town some time i love her so mush. My lovely grandmother

Um... Wat a nice grandmother she is. My mother is the last girl of my grandmother. She love evry thing about my mother, so he love me and my brother. I use to see her when am in town some time i love her so mush. My lovely grandmother

Um... Wat a nice grandmother she is. My mother is the last girl of my grandmother. She love evry thing about my mother, so he love me and my brother. I use to see her when am in town some time i love her so mush. My lovely grandmother

Once again, thank you all for your comments! It's lovely that so many people share that special bond with their grandmother/grandparents.<br />
<br />
I feel very lucky and blessed to have had such a wonderful grandmother and she was much loved by all who knew her.<br />
<br />
Im really touched and pleased to read that some of you are now going to see your grandmothers! X

Thanks for sharing - I too, love my grandma very much...I think it's such a lovely relationship between grandma and granddaughter : D

I'll bet many of you ladies who think so much of their grandma's , are very good to your own families after thinking so much of, and loving and respecting your grandma's like you all do. To me some people in this world still think of others before themselves .. bless you all, especially you "liquidgold" who started this thread

ohh my you reminded me about my grandmother she's alive but every old have not seen her for a year now i have to travell and see her she is my hero she teached me alot she was always there for us thanks for this this weeked have to travel and see her

A very precious memory to a lovely, lovely person.. :)

Like you I'm going through my own. Not yet mines little different. My mother hey had a massive stroke. look for a commentdown online on this one. I'm not ready to post it just quite yet. the story is unfolding as we speak. please let me work my problem and grief.

I admire your grandmother.

I hope you give her that call, king and thank you for commenting. :)

Good story I wish I can live closer to my grandmother,we both live in two complete different states. The only communication I have is to call her but I haven't called her in a whole,I guess I should call her my last grandmother alive.

I am sorry to hear your grandmother is very Poorly. I hope her health much improves. :(

My grandmother is also very ill , i always take my mother towards grandmother in my own car .................... i also love my grandmother

Thank you so much both for your kind comments! <br />
<br />
Yes. She was wonderful and will never be forgotten. X

What a great person and you for recognizing her. I wish I had a person like her in my life. They make life worth living. Thanks for sharing.

your story really touches my heart