To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

Cover Image Credit: Carlie Konuch

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There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

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My grandparents are two of the most important people in my life, and I would not be who I am today without them.

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I have always been super close with my grandparents, but as I became older, I realized how important they were to me. From showing up to every one of my soccer games, to babysitting so my parents could go out for date night, and everything in between, they have always been there for my family. Through the years as we went through changes and problems in life, they were always there to lean on. I have never been more grateful to have such loving people in my life and proud to call my grandparents.

Throughout the years, my family and I have been fortunate enough to travel to Arizona and Wisconsin to visit them for spring break and during the summer. Their homes have helped our family create so many lasting memories that we will cherish forever. This past fall, they sold the home in Wisconsin, which was hard on our family, but it made us really think about how much of an impact that house made on us and how much we are really going to miss it. Without this house, we would not have learned how to water ski, gotten cheap, but delicious ice cream at the town's windmill, or played pool and air hockey for hours in the basement of the cottage. I am forever grateful for this home and thank my grandparents for allowing us to make such special memories in their home.

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My grandpa is the most generous person I have ever met and I hope to be just like him one day when I have grandchildren. Helping me financially with college has been the most generous thing someone can do and I am forever grateful that I have someone like him in my life.

Some people aren't close with their grandparents and if I were to recommend one thing, I would say go that extra mile to make that special connection with them. Ask about their lives when they were younger, where they met, and what they learned in life, it might just change your view on life.

Always take advantage of the time you have with loved ones because it can create such special bonds to last a lifetime. I have never met more special people than these two and I hope to be half the people they are one day.

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