Submitted by Heather Campbell
My grammie was the "one" who showed me the most kindness. She took my sister, my mom, and I in when my parents divorced. I was three-years-old and my entire life was being uprooted. I had no idea what was going on or why. My gram never hesitated. She opened her door, retired from her job, and become the mom I needed. She was always there for me without a second thought. She taught me so much and I am the person I am today because of her. She taught me how to cook, how to sew, how to be a good person, and the most important thing she taught me was how to be a good mom. She showed me so much love that I am able to transfer that love and nurturing to my son. While I watched my gram get older and lose so much of what was important to her my heart broke knowing that I'd soon have to say goodbye. She fought and fought to stay with us and I couldn't figure out why until my husband said to me, "You have to tell her you'll be okay; she's staying for you." I hadn't really thought about it because I kept telling her I couldn't do this without her and I needed her to stay with me. When I really had time to reflect on what my husband had said, I knew he was right. My gram was the most selfless woman I had ever met and right up until the very end, when I told her it was okay to go, she was still taking care of me and giving me her love; she was still showing me how to fight for what you love and show those you love how to love. It has been twelve years since my gram physically left us but she is never far from my heart. I couldn't do what I do everyday had it not been for her strength, guidance, and love.