Weekly Gratitude #11: My Four Grandparents

Every week I like to take a moment and reflect on one thing that I am grateful for.

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This week I would like to show gratitude for my grandparents.

I cherish my memories from my Boston-Irish childhood and my grandparents all played an active roll in my memories.

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This week was the anniversary of my paternal grandfather’s death and the anniversary of the maternal grandmother’s death will occur this week and these anniversaries have put me in a reflective mood.

I was lucky enough to know all four of my grandparents.

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Each of them was a pivotal link between me and our families past.  All four of my grandparents were children of immigrants (3 from Ireland and 1 from Canada) and told me stories about my great-grandparents.  I only have a few vague recollections of the only great-grandparent who lived long to meet me.

My grandparents instilled in me a sense of where I come from.  From my grandparents, I learned to appreciate corned beef and cabbage and that food just tastes better when you fry it.  I learned that punctuality was important and that you don’t leave the door open.  I wasn’t born in a barn, after all.  I learned the importance of working hard and the meaning of money.  I also learned to be honest and was instilled with some good ‘ole Catholic guilt.

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I m grateful that I had a chance to know all four grandparents.

I am grateful that three of my grandparents lived long enough to see me as an adult.

I am grateful one of my grandparents lived long enough to see me get married and meet my daughter.

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Were you fortunate enough to know your grandparents?  Leave a comment.  I would love to hear about your grandparents.

Grandma Sullivan‘s Obituary Here

Papa Crowley’s Obituary Here

Nana Crowley’s Obituary Here

 

2 thoughts on “Weekly Gratitude #11: My Four Grandparents

  1. I knew three of my grandparents, but as one of them lived far away, I only saw him a few times in my life. The grandparents I did see were very special to me

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  2. I also knew all four of my grandparents growing up. All four of them were able to attend my wedding (this was the last time they were all together for a family event as my paternal grandfather died the following year). I had the additional privilege of meeting and remembering (to varying degrees) all four of my great-grandmothers! We never lived close to my grandparents, but my parents made it a priority for us to go visit them at least twice a year and they would usually come to our house at least once a year. I loved sitting in the patio swing with my maternal grandmother listening to her sing showtunes and hits from the 40s & 50s. I loved visiting the cemetery with my paternal grandmother and hearing her tell stories about our family history. I loved playing cards with my paternal grandfather and going out with him for ice cream. My maternal grandfather wasn’t affectionate and sometimes gruff, so I don’t have as many memories of fun things with him, but i am grateful that he cared enough to loan me the money to start my own business!

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