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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Why A Bushia Can Be Better Than A Grandma

Not many people have a Bushia, and I am so glad that I do
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You may be asking yourself, "What does Bushia even mean?" Well, Bushia is the Americanized version of the Polish word for Grandma, one that a lot of people are familiar with. Bushia isn't just a title given by a family, it is a title that someone has to earn and live up too.

A Bushia is like having a best friend, a confidant, and a "cool" grandma all rolled into one. My Bushia and I have the best of times when we are together, and there is hardly a moment you won't find us laughing or doing something fun. She has even taken on the impossible task of trying to teach me how to cook.

Believe it or not, I do have grandparents who are called Grandma and Grandpa, and I love them too with all of my heart, and they are just as special. They do amazing things and have so many amazing stories to tell, but the story of my Bushia is one unlike any other.

Bushia's do everything that normal grandparents can do, but you will never find her sitting in a rocking chair knitting because she loves to be busy, and doing something, even if that something is deep cleaning her entire house because she was bored.

I've never seen someone care so much about other people as I have seen a Bushia care for her family and friends around her. She always puts everyone else before herself and doesn't think twice about it, and why would she? She genuinely cares for those in her life and has a heart twelve times bigger than I have ever seen on anyone else. She has a hard time saying no to people, and I think that's because her heart is so big, but sometimes she just needs a day to herself. There is always room for one more person, a motto that she has taught to all her children and grandchildren. If there is a holiday, she expects you to invite your friends if they have nowhere else to go, because everyone deserves to be around family.

Though matter how old I get, I will always be my Bushia's little girl, her first grandchild, and she will always be just as excited to see you as she would be to see her much younger grandchildren, because everyone deserves to be treated equally, and deserves someone fun to come visit once in a while.

A Bushia is not a typical grandparent, by any means. She may still go to band concerts or baseball games like an ordinary grandparent in order to support you, but she doesn't look or act like a grandparent would. She is spunky, quirky, fun, and loving. When you go to the grocery store with her, no one will believe you if you tell them that you are in fact her granddaughter and not her sister.

I don't know where I'd be without my Bushia. She never gave up on me, even before I was born, and to this day she has never stopped fighting for me or believing in me. My Bushia and I are like best friends, and we always will be. It doesn't matter how much time has passed between one visit and the next because it will always feel like no time has passed at all.

Cover Image Credit: Peggy Blaszak

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9 Things That Happen When you Lose Someone Who's Always Been There

Whenever we got together we always spent time talking, just the two of us, even if for only a few minutes.
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I think we’ve all had at least one person in our life who was just always there. For as long as we can remember, there was a person who seemed to be around you no matter what: birthdays, holidays, vacations, random afternoons. They were always a presence and life just seems complete with them there.

Mine was my great-grandmother. I can’t think of an occasion where she wasn’t a presence in my life. She was there from the moment I was born, on every holiday she was there to provide the family prayer before dinner, and on weekends she would always drop by my house to say hello.

I would never have imagined in a million years that Thanksgiving would be the last time I would see her.

I didn’t think I would lose someone I was close to until last year. I always knew it was a fact of life, but I never thought it would happen to me so soon. I sat at her funeral crying on my boyfriend’s shoulder over a month ago and since then I’ve realized a few things that happen when you lose someone you thought would always be in your life.

You miss the little things.

Whenever I asked her how she was doing she would respond with, “I’m going well for a young old lady.” She was wildly funny and would make jokes about everything. I think fondly of the days I spent at her house as a child with my siblings when we played board games and played with the endless little toys she had as keepsakes.

You smile at things that make you remember them.

Things like her beautiful singing voice, her surprisingly hot temper, her crisp red nails, and the way she was content to see anything artistic I would do put smiles on my face at random times throughout the day.

You cry at things that make you remember them.

It really hit me that she was gone during Christmas dinner. Whenever we had dinners at my house she was always sitting at the table to my right. It felt like something was wrong that day. I kept waiting for her to come through the door. Of course, she never did.

You remember what they taught you.

My great grandmother taught me a lot of things over the years. She was one of the people who instilled in me my love for music. Whenever I sit in my car, I think the summer she spent teaching me how to drive when I was 18 and how happy she was when I got my license that August. She taught me to love myself, that it was okay to be sensitive, and many more things that I will always keep with me.

You hope that they’re in a better place.

She’d always had a lot of health problems, from diabetes to arthritis. She suffered from cancer for a long time before it finally took her away. I like to imagine that wherever she is, she’s feeling better, she’s able to move without pain, and she’s singing her heart out again like she always did before she got sick.

You have regrets.

I regret not calling her more. I regret not having one more conversation with her on that Thanksgiving before she left us. I regret not spending more time with her as a child. I regret not listening to her tell me another story that I’ve already heard a million times. I regret not sitting down on the couch with her one last time and telling her about what I’ve been doing lately.

You tell yourself that you have no reason to regret.

As I have these regrets, I have to remind myself that there is no reason to. I did all that I could. I spent as much time with her as I was meant to. Most people don’t have the privilege of having their great grandmother around for 21 years of their life. I’m lucky that I had the time with her that I did.

You wish they could be there for your future.

I wish she could be here to see what happens to me next. She wanted to see me graduate college. She was excited that I’m a fitness instructor and I’m sure she’d want to see where I’ll go with it. She loved my boyfriend and I wish she would be here to see us get married. She would say we should have 12 kids and while that’s definitely not happening, I wish she could be here to see at least one of them.

You miss your special conversations.

Whenever we got together we always spent time talking, just the two of us, even if for only a few minutes. We told each other our fears and doubts or what was going on in the family at the time and how we felt about it. No matter what always made it a point to tell me that I was her first great grandchild and that made me her number one. “You’re very special to me,” she would say. “I love you so much.”

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