If I was forced to pick one woman who inspires me the most, I wouldn't hesitate to say it's my Granny. (I'd say that even if I wasn't forced!)
From the time I was a few months old, she has practically put her life on hold to help raise me. And even as I push 30, she still comes to my rescue quite often. Granted, these days, it's no longer picking me up from school, but rather mailing me pretzels that can't be bought at stores in South Carolina. More so than even my own mother (shocking!) I would say that she helped mold me into the person I am today. Although, quite frankly, I could probably stand to adapt a few more of her qualities.
Growing up, I always knew where to reach for the best, strongest, helping hand. While she taught me guilty pleasures such as watching game shows & soap operas, plus a love of eating dessert over eating anything else, she also had my back without judgement. When I got into the worst trouble of my life, she was there to lend her support and never once scolded me for what I had done. The love she has for me, and my cousins alike, is a love I hope to one day share with my own children and grandchildren.
As mother's day approaches, it's always great to stop and think back to a woman who has helped you become who you are. And perhaps extend a thank you. I would not be where I am today if it were not for her nurture and care. The admiration and trust I have for her are unmeasurable.
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