Archive for September 11, 2008

“Somebody’s Hero” Maiya’s Grandma

Grandparents…I remembered how many times I have thought about how hard it is to grow up without grandparents. How is it not to have memories of them? What’s a childhood without grandparents?

Unfortunately, my dad’s parents died while he was a child, so I can’t tell much about them except their names and a few stories that my dad’s older brothers told us. And my mom’s father died early, so I have only heard some stories about him and tried to get the picture about what kind of person he was in my head, about his personality and way of living. My grandmother, his wife, didn’t tell a lot about him, I think it was too hard for her, but my mom’s older brothers remember him better than my mom does, so they shared their memories with us.

         Luckily though, my childhood is filled with memories of my grandma. Every holiday we would go to her house and spend at least few days there. I remember waking up at about 5 AM, because it was the time the train arrived to Pavlodar, which is the city she lived in. also, I remember the excitement I felt when I was walking out of my dad’s car, or taxi and saw my grandmother in the window waving to us. We would come into the house and I’ve always felt so safe there! Right at the moment when you would step into the house you could feel the warmth of the heart of the owner and it would definitely make you feel very comfortable and relaxed.

There are two little details in the house that I now remember most clearly – the small calendar on the wall with advice for every day, quotes by different people, recipes, etc., and the radio that was turned on all the time. Even at night my granny would not turn it of, and I still don’t know why.

My grandma died four years ago… I am very happy, because I remember having her in my life, listening to her voice, touching her, playing with her… and the thing I’m very concerned about right now is the fact that my little brother who is only 6 years old right now is growing up without grandparents, because they are supposed to be one of the most important parts of your life! I am sure that almost all people have very warm memories of their grandparents. These are the people who teach you so many things, especially when your own parents are frustrated just because they are so young and they don’t know what to do with a little crying baby. And it is so sad to think that my little brother won’t have these trips to grandma’s house on holidays, he won’t feel her warm hands and won’t try her cakes…

I always think of the things she told me, advice she gave me… I am so thankful for all of the things she taught me. She was such a strong woman! There is a song that reminds me of her. It’s called “Somebody’s hero” and is performed by Jamie O’Neal. It has lyrics like these:

“She’s never pulled anyone from a burning building
She’s never rocked Central Park to a half a million fans, screaming out her name
She’s never hit a shot to win the game
She’s never left her footprints on the moon
She’s never made a solo hot air balloon ride, around the world,
No, she’s just your everyday average girl (but)

She’s somebody’s hero…”


Unfortunately, no one can replace a grandmother for a child, but at least I would like my brother to know as much as I can tell him about her, so that he can be proud of her. Just like me.

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