Personal Narrative Essay: Remembering Grandma

Improved Essays
A Ragged Surrey
Remembering Grandma

“Papa was a good man,” said Grandmother, taking a pinch of snuff and placing it between lip and gum. Her voice was clear and concise, her eyes sad and misty as she talked about him. “No one could ever fill his shoes nor take his place in my heart. They wouldn’t no man fit to wipe his Boots,” she said with a huff.

You set the bar high, Grandmother; so high that you never found true happiness…
Pioneer life was hard, especially caring for younger siblings, trying to replace your mother that died -- you were barely past a child yourself.
At age twenty-two, you settled, not wanting to be an old maid or maybe it was to get out from beneath all the hard work or maybe it was because the brothers and sisters you
…show more content…
You took to your bed and mourned his departure from your life. No longer would you have his comforting presence… I did much the same thing when you passed. When your soul departed this earth, I truly felt that I would perish from a broken heart.
Family History was important to you; you knew where you come from and in doing so, you expressed the importance of family to me, your fifth born granddaughter.
As a young child, I asked who they were, these ancestors you spoke of; I begged stories of them. You looked to me, and then passed the honor of keeping their stories alive and their names, sacred. With tethered heart, I have done so.
You told me your mother and father’s names, who they were, what they were like in life, and you told me granddaddy’s name and grandmother’s names and likewise, their father and mother’s names and so on, as far back as you knew; and, when I questioned you about what they were like in life, you told me truthfully. You told me what you knew about each of
…show more content…
There is a rock where he once stood staring across the water toward home. His spirit still stands staring out to sea, his eyes trained on where he imagines his home to be. I near him and sit down; he turns to me. There is a familiarity about me; he immediately feels a connection. Something in my eyes, tell him that I am one of his great-great-grandchildren. He wonders of his wife and children. I am able to tell him about each of them and of how I came to be. We have a wonderful conversation about his mother and father, his siblings and his childhood. He smiles at me and thanks me for seeking him out, we embrace. I cling to him for those that were denied his presence in their lives. He tells me that I must let him go; his spirit is at rest. Now that he has talked with me he can go to be with his wife and children, they await him in the

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    The Story Of A Blind Date

    • 1760 Words
    • 8 Pages

    When asked how he and my mema had made it to their fiftieth anniversary, he responded, ““Keep the lines of communication open, be patient and consider each other’s feelings always, [and] always keep God in your life” (Herald-Citizen A-11). Knowing this left me with one final question. I wanted to know if he knew he would be spending the rest of his life with this woman he met on a blind date. I was expecting a lengthy heartfelt answer, but anyone who knows my grandpa could have seen this coming. He responded with these words, “We hit it off pretty good.…

    • 1760 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    after a year, his brother got married, too which made it fun because my sister had someone to pay with. As the time went on, many of my siblings and cousins were born which made the family bigger and bigger. My mother told me every single detail about those nights when I couldn’t sleep due to my pain. In addition to being weak, I wasn’t greedy, either. Because my mother had to work all day long for the family benefits, she couldn’t take care of me or any of my siblings.my grandmother was watching us, children, while the adults had to work.…

    • 1298 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    As one of my class assignment, I was asked to interview a couple whose relationship I admire the most because of the amount of respect and love between them. I decided to interview my parents. My father married my mother when she was sixteen years old. So, their relationship is very strong because they had been together since a long time ago. I started my interview with my mother, asking her about what attracts her in my father.…

    • 910 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Oren’s captors agree to let him say goodbye to his son. It is in their final shared moments when Oren comprehends Michael’s question “do we live in water?” (Walter 18). He tell Michael “You can do whatever you want” (Walter 39). He is not only telling Michael that he can do whatever he wants, but Oren was telling Michael he could be everything Oren wasn’t. Then Oren writes a note to Michael’s mother in which he says “He’s a good boy.…

    • 1385 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    She lived in a apartment with her siblings and her abusive father where “she sometimes felt herself in danger of her father’s violence.” (Joyce, 1914, 408). Eveline worked every day to support her father who was an alcoholic and to also put food on the table. Eveline had the opportunity to leave and start her own life, but she could never leave her family. She was similar to Emily and could not accept the change. Although, Eveline was different than Emily when it came to men.…

    • 1500 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Jeannette had taken it the hardest she usually found herself not wanting to be where she was or doing what she was doing. All in all Jeannette had become lost after her father’s passing. She even left her husband a year after Rex died because she required a change in her life. One of the most well-founded relationships in the entire family was that of Jeannette and…

    • 1305 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The last words my mother said to me were "Be a better women than I was. "It was something she had always told me even before she was sick, I never knew what she really meant by it but now as I look back I now know.When I was only eight my mother died of,Cholera I can only think of how peaceful she looked when she lay their cold on her bed. Before that she was is so much pain, always telling my father to just end her suffering.But my father could never bring himself to it, he loved her too dearly to lose her sooner than her time. When my mother died my father was depressed for months he wouldn 't even look at me, knowing he 'd see my mother in my appearance.I always had the look of my mother everyone always told me, but until then I never believed them. My mother and i both had long flowing blond hair and jewel like green eyes.…

    • 1022 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Grandmother McLeod lost her son in the first World War soon after lost Grandfather McLeod. When they died, she did not just lose her dearest son or husband she lost her whole way of life. As Vernessa’s father puts it, grandmother McLeod has been through a lot, she is the way she is because she is afraid of change. He says, it is not easy for her to live in the present, which is why she is the way she is (Laurence pg. 55).…

    • 789 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    I found the genogram is a long distance mirror because it helped me recognize whom I look like, where my character came from, why my behaviors are like this, and why I am having some health problems. My mother always talked about my maternal grandparents, and I often heard about my paternal grandparents…

    • 1073 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    I want to become more family oriented and spend more time with them. I spend quite a bit of time with my family now, but I know it is something I will cherish forever. I also eventually want to marry my best friend and have my own family. In “Lessons for Living”, Eugene Earnhart talks about fidelity, and he says people should respect fidelity. His statement is something I can really relate to.…

    • 913 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays

Related Topics