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She was a lot

on my beloved granny’s birthday she was a proud woman straight back, high chin neatly curled hair slightly powdered skin freshly ironed blouse and pants every Wednesday meeting her friends she was straight forward pragmatic, sympathetic polite and very kind loved the dogs and each grandchild when granny had to finally go we all missed her so but behind that lovely lady was a life not too easy you could not see her depression that lead her into a drinking passion never saw her tears or the children she had lost, silent and brave not the little girl at her mother’s grave not the anger and frustration hitting her oldest hard nearly broke him and her heart lost all her pride in financial aid every present, she gave us, was penny saved granddad, who we adored and who never lost a bitter word he protected her at her worst days later challenged her with Alzheimer's fate She had good times and hell yes, bad times too and only when you look at both you can get a clue whether she was the perfect granny or if she pretended like so many I still love her, no matter what cause if not only good nor bad - she was a lot!

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Alison Blevins
Alison Blevins
Apr 24, 2023

Brilliant writing Rina, poignant, moving, real. Fantastic.

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Nigel Smith
Nigel Smith
Apr 18, 2023

As John says, that she was a special lady shines from this piece, it is easy to forget or not care, how much those close to us from previous generations have shaped who we are, and therefore what responsibility we ourselves have in turn.

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Dawson Stafford
Dawson Stafford
Apr 18, 2023

I love how the first verse paints a picture of the perfect granny and then the next verse hits you like a train! One heck of a lady.

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John Dallison
John Dallison
Apr 18, 2023

A special granny, worth remembering. - What she must have endured.

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Jes Derry
Jes Derry
Apr 18, 2023

A lovely tribute.

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