Saturday, December 29, 2012


I was listening to an old song by Dianne Reeves "Better Days" when I began to reflect on my childhood. I was 14 when this song came out and it always made me think of my grandmothers. These beautiful, strong women were an integral part of my life; shaping and molding me into the young woman that I became and the woman that I would become. My grandmothers were both women of great faith, spiritual and mental strength and victors of overcoming extreme adversity in life. Both were widowed women left to raise their families the best way that they knew how. My paternal grandmother passed away when I was only 12 and hearing this song would often leave me missing her. My maternal grandmother is still alive and I'm blessed to have her as a part of my life today.

My paternal grandmother always baked the best biscuits from scratch, and by His divine grace I have been blessed with that gift also. Although mine are not as good as hers were...yet. She taught me those old Southern ways of being silent while God performs His work (e.g., lightning storms).

My maternal grandmother taught me the power of prayer and how to be a lady. She has shown me how to talk to my Heavenly Father at anytime of the day and build a relationship with Him. She was responsible for taking me on my first trip to visit the ocean when I was a little girl down in Brunswick, GA.

Whenever I listen to this song I reflect on the memories I have of both women and the words of wisdom they would share to empower me in life. They would both encourage me that tomorrow is a brand new day and that it would bring fresh hope and promises for something better. I am so thankful for these beautiful women and so thankful for this song that brings back fond memories. Enjoy.

What is your fondest memory of a special woman in your life?

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  1. Lovely tribute, Michelle! This is my favorite:

    1. Thanks Chicki.

      And for your video: Wow Chicki! I loved that. It really took me back to being a little girl & the protection that Grandma's afforded us. As their babies we could do no wrong. And that song brought it all back. Especially the part where she questions why he's getting a whipping. :) Thanks for sharing.


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