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My Grandma / A Legacy Worth Remembering

While out one day, I was asked by a person: If you had to choose between love and no money or money and no love for the rest of your life, which would you choose? What was my response to that question? My Grandmother died July 2004 at 101 yrs old. She was working until 3 weeks before she passed away. My Grandma had such a difficult life. My Grandfather died in the 1940's from Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), leaving my grandma to raise 5 children with the help of her father, the youngest child was 2 yrs. old. She worked for General Electric for 30 yrs. After retiring, she took on a volunteer job at St Patricks Church in Cleveland in 1970, and stayed there until she died. My Grandma had a strong concern for the disadvantaged. She toured El Salvadore in her 70's to get a deeper understanding of poverty. I never knew why she didn't get a present for me for Christmas as I grew up, until she died. Every Christmas, she would find one family in the Cleveland community, that had less than she did, and she took care of that family for the holiday season. Who in the world would seem to have less than an old woman with very little income? She found them. When she was 82, she fell down snowy stairs, breaking her leg. We thought she would deteriorate in health and die. She took a day off and went back to work with a full leg cast. At 94 yrs. old, she lost her eyesight one night, and of course took a few days off and came back to work blind. A short time later, she toured Ireland with a quad cane. Around 2002, My uncle died from ALS, and my grandma had to face that terrible disease again, losing her youngest child. And finally, at 100 yrs old, and unable to eat solid food, had a tube put in her stomach so she could be fed lunch at work through a syringe. She came to live with my parents until the end. She was a great teacher of committment, example, compassion, surrender and love. She taught me to never give up the race, even in the midst of the overwhelming odds of defeat. She taught me to never turn my back on anyone in need of help, that even when you seem to have nothing to give, someone always has less than you. She showed me that strong Faith in God can definately move mountains, that getting down on my knees in prayer doesn't make we weak as a man, but stronger in character. She taught me to thank God for the roses in life as well as the thorns. My grandma, who needed full time care when she came home from work, blind, walker in hand, and a tube feed, living on social security, was the richest woman alive. What an amazing legacy!!! Would you want money instead of love?? You can't take money with you when you die. My grandma's priceless treasures were what she had inside herself when she passed away, things no person could take from her; kindness, generosity, compassion, committment, loyalty, spirit, strength, faith, and the love of her entire family.

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This is a picture of my grandmother with Father dinardo of St Patrick Church.


4/25/2010 5:45 PM
famed very nice

11/29/2009 5:57 PM Premium
Very nice Pete..Famed~



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Date: 11/29/09
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