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© Candy Canan

February 2006

Growing Up With Grandma

I don't know when it happened.
I don't know when she came,
But, she's the one I always knew,
Grandma was her name.

She taught me how to tie my shoes.
She taught me how to talk.
And, though I can't remember,
I think she taught me how to walk.

When all the other kids in school
Would talk about Mom and Dad,
I wondered where my parents were,
That made me kinda' sad.

And, sometimes there were days I'd cry
Or hide my head in shame.
But Grandma took it all in stride,
And loved me all the same.

She'd wrap her arms around me,
And kiss me on the head.
She'd tell me that she loved me
When she tucked me into bed.

Being a teen, I remember the days
When being with friends was more fun.
And I wondered what it would have been like
To actually be someone's son.

To have a regular family
Some siblings, a mom, and a dad,
What had I done to deserve less than others?
Sometimes I felt so mad.

'It's alright, it's okay,' Grandma would say,
'One day you'll understand why,
Life just isn't fair to everyone you see.
It's always okay to cry.'

And when I went off to college,
I met the love of my life.
It was Grandma who was the first I told
That I planned to make her my wife.

Soon after I'd become a father,
For that I could hardly wait.
To have a child of my very own,
And, to make my Grandma a 'Great'.

A little girl to share her name,
For all that she'd given me.
So much I owed to Grandma,
That was plain to see.

As time passed and life grew short
I hoped my Grandma knew
That it was her love and her support
That always got me through.

If I could tell her one more thing
'Thanks Grandma', is what I 'd say
For loving me and making me,
The man I am today.

November 6, 2004

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  • by Alison Fox
  • 4 months ago

A loving grandparent is the best thing that any child whose life is in turmoil can have, My 'Grampy' was (and still is) my main man. He died when I was 26 but I think of him as a role model - he was the best a man can be. My bar is set very high because he loved me and encouraged me to be myself.
Grampy's love was, with hindsight, simple:

1. He treated me like a person who had a right to their own ideas (even at 4)
2. He never patronized me
3. His love was unconditional
If you want to be a good parent/grandparent, it's that simple.

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  • by Elizabeth, Columbus GA
  • 11 months ago

I am raising my infant grandson and hope that I can love him enough to get him through the tough days he'll undoubtedly face and pray for the wisdom to answer his questions. He is the joy of my life and my heart.

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  • by Marlon, Brazil.
  • 2 years ago

I am living with my grandmother. I live with her since I was born, we have a nice life. I love her so much.
I don't know what I will do after she dies. Sometimes I think it would be better if I died before her.
Your poem touched me, I understand your pain and your love.

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  • by Reanna, Australia
  • 2 years ago

I wasn't adopted but I am in foster care which is different to adoption but it basically the same. I am 13 years of age and I can feel the meaning of the poem written by Candy Canan "Growing up with Grandma". It really meant a lot to me because I live with my foster grandparent and they are lovely, although they aren't my real grandparents I still love them the same.

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  • by Legeia, PA
  • 3 years ago

This poem helped me understand that the simplest things like family are often taken for granted. Even though the grass looks greener on the other side I would have been grateful for a grandmother like yours in exchange for a family like mine. I hope your grandmother knows exactly how strong and special she is and may you and your family prosper.

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  • by Laura Sprague, Boise, Idaho
  • 3 years ago

I am thankful for your poem! It was from the heart. Sometimes we do not realize how important someone was to us until we get older. God bless your Grandma for her love for you. She truly was one of the few people in the world that keep their integrity.

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  • by Chris, Canada
  • 3 years ago

I found this to be a touching poem I was raised by just my mother. My father passed away when I was just a year old & I am told he grew up without a father or mother and had to be raised by my great aunt so it's nice to know there are others out there who can persevere through life's unfair circumstances.

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  • by Sherrie, Jacksonville Fl
  • 4 years ago

I am a grandma that adopted 3 of my grandchildren a little over 4 years ago~2 boys now age 9 years and 5 years and 1 girl age 7 and I pray that they will always know that they mean the world to me and I want so much to take all of their pain away....Please say a prayer for us as we continue our journey...

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  • by Jodi, Elcajon CA
  • 4 years ago

I don't believe I have ever been so moved or touched to tears from any poem I have ever read. I absolutely love this man. He is beautiful!
I placed my first born daughter up for adoption. And I have no regrets. She is now 21 and she found us. And she is just as grateful, loving and filled with God love and thanks as he.
I don't even no if I am making any sense right now.
Thank you Jesus.

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  • by Teballo Manamela, Gauteng South Africa
  • 4 years ago

This poem just reminded me of my granny, she passed away 9 years back and still I love her with all my heart today, she will always be a part of me, she raised me well and for that I will always keep her in my heart!!!

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  • by Cassandra, Houston TX
  • 4 years ago

I loved this poem, relates so much to me & my grandma. My parents were there but then again not really. She raised me and I am blessed to have had her in my life. Without her I do not know where I would be today. My parents were young and separated.

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  • by Annika, California
  • 4 years ago

This reminded me of how my [birth]mom was raised by her grandparents, and how much they meant to her. I know I met my great-grandma a few times, but I barely remember her, but I do know that I met my great-grandpa, and what I remember of him was a funny, kind man who knew the best places to tickle. (:
I AM ADOPTED AND PROUD OF IT!

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  • by Morgan, Georgia
  • 4 years ago

This poem was soo moving. I was raised by both my grandparent, but my grandmother was/is such a pivotal role in my life. She is the beat of my heart and I love her more then words alone. She's done soo much for me and I owe her soo much. I always pray that I continue to make her proud and show her just how much I love her.

God bless the person who wrote this poem, because he was able to express in words what my heart holds every single day.

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  • by Chelsea
  • 5 years ago

This poem moved me in ways that cannot be said with words! I've spent practically all of my life in my grandma's care after my 'mother' hit me, sold me to various men and took all of the known drugs when I was two. My grandma has played a major part in my life and still does.

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  • by tamara
  • 5 years ago

This poem was very touching. I had parents, but my grandma played a big role in raising me. she just passed away, but this poem reminded me of her role in my life.

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