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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rogue Life List: #52. Adopt a Grandma

I miss my grandmother immensely. She pampered me silly and I always felt safe, my little hand curled into her creased one. She taught me to be strong, graceful and mannerly. She showed me a whole new world of love, something different that what my mother gave me but something that was oh so special. I glowed in that adoration. She loved me maybe as much as I loved her. We were two peas in a pod always at each others side when we were together.

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” – Alex Haley

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I miss my grandmother. She completed my family with her special touch of love and wisdom. She always added a touch of magic to celebrations and hearing her speak of times long past and hardships she had lived through gave me a better perspective on the world. Sadly, she is no longer around, but her memory gives me strength and still fills me with joy.

When I was creating a Rogue Life List I knew I wanted to find an older woman that I connected too. So I added that I wanted to Adopt a Grandma. The term grandma meaning someone who made me feel at least a glimmer of what I felt with my grandmother. I found the perfect person. She is my neighbor at my old house. I used to go over about once a week and have tea with her, sitting in her great overstuffed chairs and talking for hours. She shares nuggets of wisdom that may be old fashioned at times but that are filled with how she overcame life’s challenges.

Over the five years I have lived across the street from my adopted grandmother we have grown incredibly close. I seek her out for advice, I call her when I need a pick me up and I will stop by even if I just need a hug. She makes jams for me and gives me fresh vegetables from her garden. We trade cooking advice and we have shared many hardships. This is a woman that I will have with me for the rest of my life. And even though I have moved further away, I still see her often. Love you Mrs. Riko

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1 comment:

paul peggy zeus said...

Nobody will ever totally take the place of your grandma, but this lady is a polished gem. love her and am so happy you've adopted her. So is she my newly adopted mother in law now?

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