My Grandmother

I want to tell you about my grandmother. I recently got a tattoo to symbolize her and I’ve already had several people ask me about it so here goes.

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My grandmother is one of the most resilient and gracious people I know. She turns 90 this year and I wanted to reflect on her life. I remember in junior high we were asked to do an assignment on our family history and while most of the class just talked to their parents, I really took it to heart and spent an entire afternoon at my grandmothers house going through all her photos – everything she has of her childhood, married life, children, and grandchildren. She even pulled out the photos she has of before she was born, I got to see her parents and their parents. I know I held some reverence for what she showed me then but I have kept that assignment and every few years I look back at all the photos she let me keep and each time I flip through it I am reminded of her incredible life. This is her with her mother, Helena.

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There’s one photo, in particular, that really sticks in my head of her walking down the street with her friend. I love that they are both wearing calf-length coats, curls tucked into their headscarves, and matching boots.

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My grandma grew up in a small farming town in Saskatchewan, the third child of nine. She went on to raise 6 children and now has a legacy of 18 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren and counting.

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My grandpa was not present in our lives after they divorced shortly after my parents were married, so we have always joked about her being our families Queen Bee, our matriarch. I also recently learned my grandmother kept bees when they lived on the farm in Saskatchewan, combined with the representation of her as our matriarchal head, I decided to get a bee tattoo to represent her.

She is my model for so many things in my life, she has worked hard her entire life, she has raised 6 wonderful children, she is so strong, patient and kind. This tattoo is a daily reminder for me to be like her.

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