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My Grandma

When I was younger, I loved a book about a little girl whose grandma had passed away and went to heaven. I’m not sure why I liked it, I didn’t really know the words or exactly what they meant, but I know that I liked the sound of it being read.

Before falling asleep one night, I requested for my grandmother to read it to me. I closed my eyes and smiled sweetly as I heard her recite the words. When she finished reading, I looked into her light blue eyes. “Grandma,” I asked, “Will you ever die?”

“Unfortunately,” she said.

“Will I?”

“Hopefully not for a long time.”

I thought about this response. “Do all people die?” I asked.

“Yes,” she answered, “Eventually.”

“Why?” I asked.

“How could you enjoy every second of life, if you knew you could live it forever?”

“But, what if you die?” I questioned.

“You never know how much you appreciate something until you lose it. It takes losing something to know its value. There is no sentimental value behind something if you have it forever.” She then explained that she had to go. I gave her a kiss on the cheek, and told her that I would love her forever.

I lay in bed that night, thinking about what she said. She must have thought that since I was only 6, I couldn’t understand her, yet I knew exactly what she had said, exactly.

The next night I sat on my parents’ bed watching TV with them. The phone rang. A chill ran down my back just before my dad answered it. I saw his smiling expression tighten into gloom. Then he looked at my mom and me. He stared unblinkingly for what seemed like forever. Then he spoke. “Grandma is dead.”

I then sat there still for the next few minutes. I had never lost anyone before in my life. I didn’t know what to think. All that ran through my head was that I was never going to see her again. She was really gone forever. And through the grief, I smiled. At that instant, I had loved my grandma more than I ever had before. I thought of everything she did for me.

Life changes the most when we don’t expect it to. I never knew what my grandma had aid that night I would remember forever. Of course I am upset when people die, but missing them makes me love them more every second. Life is only living, if you use every second to the fullest, because any second could be your last. Have fun in heaven grandma, your life will live on in my eyes. Forever.



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juneith said...
Sept. 7, 2009 at 11:28 am
That is so beautiful
 
suddadatie said...
Aug. 7, 2009 at 12:27 pm
I love this story. So well written... Hope it gets chosen!!!
 
free2create said...
Aug. 5, 2009 at 1:42 pm
My grandma is currently in the hospital suffering from cancer and this artical has given me hope that she doesn't have to die in spirit.
 
booboo replied...
Jun. 4, 2010 at 11:35 am
ahww iimm sorryy hunn;[
 
princess said...
Jul. 29, 2009 at 12:32 pm
This is so beautiful.
 
ubet said...
Jul. 24, 2009 at 8:24 pm
I love this story- so well written
 
lucky said...
Jul. 18, 2009 at 3:24 pm
Love this story.
 
laol said...
Jul. 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm
what an awe-inspiring story!
 
hihi said...
Jul. 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm
a beautiful story
 
Notylat said...
Jul. 9, 2009 at 2:04 am
A Story like no other.
 
cuz.M said...
Jul. 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm
Touching, Sad, Amazing, Real
 
lgaga said...
Jul. 2, 2009 at 10:22 pm
When I read this story I find it so amazing. I literally cannot stop reading it. Each time I read it I feel like I am in the story, I feel the hurt when you find out your grandma died, I feel your frustration when you thought she didn't understand, and I felt your relief when you understood why she died. I love this story, KEEP WRITING!!
 
Mrs. Shorty said...
Jul. 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm
What an amazing story I sure hope that many people can hear this story, just like you and your grandma intended.
 
x0Lmf0x said...
Jul. 1, 2009 at 12:08 pm
I hope that many people can hear this story just like you intended.
 
Yahooligan said...
Jul. 1, 2009 at 12:01 pm
What an awe inspiring story about you and your grandmother. I hope many people can read this story. Don't stop writing.
 
FoReStLuVa said...
Jul. 1, 2009 at 1:40 am
Well written and a story that all can relate to.
 
chonster said...
Jun. 29, 2009 at 9:48 pm
Touching story, with so much truth and will help so many people who loose their grandparents.
 
Darothy1133 said...
Jun. 29, 2009 at 4:01 pm
that story touched my heart in a way most stories cant, keep writing!!
 
KatyLane said...
Jun. 27, 2009 at 6:55 pm
This is a very sad, yet inspirational story it should be heard and read by all!
 
amyxu said...
Jun. 27, 2009 at 5:06 pm
This is touching, this is amazing. I can totally relate to this.
 
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