I Learned About My Grandfather Essay examples

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As I was assigned to this essay, I was actually quite worried and nervous because I do not normally ask my relatives about their childhood. It was a strange thing for me to call up my grandfather who is in a different country. The person I chose to do is my maternal grandfather because there seems to be something about him that I connect with more and am able to talk to simply. Anyway, doing this project has actually made me sad and upset because I realize that everyone has a life, but it takes a question to know about the life. There were so many things I learned about my grandfather that I really did not know about because I have been so oblivious and selfish. It’s improved my relationship with my grandfather and has helped me embrace who I am even more.
There were many things I learned about my grandpa through this project. I got to know about his childhood and how international problems affected him. He grew up around the time of the Great Depression as well as World War II and the other wars against communism. Even though during that time, he was living in China, he was indirectly affected by these events. His family were poor and many simple thing we take for granted today was never offered to him as a child. My grandpa and his wife also faced a challenge of raising five children (the one-child policy was put into action after my mother was born). Thus my mother and her family had to give up many things (like a proper education) in order to support themselves. He spoke…

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