I know exactly what picture to show “old” in Sue’s challenge.
Old photos of two of the most influential people in my life: my paternal grandparents.
One time when I went home, displayed in the walls of our ancestral home were pictures of my grandmother when she was young and my grandpa. I am so glad that I was able to take photos of them.
Growing up, Grandma was the first mother I knew as she and my grandfather nurtured me since I was a baby. My parents married young and while they went to college, my grandparents took care of me.
As a pre-schooler I didn’t have any idea of who my parents were. I was so much loved that I was happy and content with what I had.
My grandma and I stayed in the farm. She taught me a lot and she built my character for the way I am now. She was a generous and nurturing person but at the same time she knew how to be tough when she was dealing with our tenants. She could be feisty and fearless but everyone respected her.
Below is a photo of my grandfather. He was my hero and I had a big crush on him. I adored my grandfather, he was the most handsome man I knew when I was kid. Growing up as a teenager I prayed I would fall in love with someone like him. He was a man of few words but when he talked, everyone listened. If my father adored my grandma, he respected his dad and would never do anything to hurt their feelings nor embarrass them.
When I was of school age, my grandma decided I have to live in the big town (it is now a city) so I could get proper education. I could have stayed in the town where I grew up but most of the teachers were related to us, they didn’t want me to be a favored student because of my relations to my teachers. So during the school year, my grandfather and I stayed in the province where he was a city treasurer, but spending summer and Christmas holidays with my grandma. With us too was my Auntie Caring (she’s a whole blog altogether).
When my grandfather retired from his government work, he was able to live in our farm with my grandma. Grandma loved my grandfather so much but they have sacrificed so much for their children and me.
I really miss them! Wherever they are, I hope they are blissfully happy at last.
Below is a photo of my grandfather with me and my siblings.
For some incredibly touching photos go here.