That's the image of Mom that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. She was a woman who bore up through terrible pain, who was damaged by that pain and lived through it.
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I entertained the illusion that I was free of my grandfather altogether - free of his religion, free of his politics, free of his culture, free of his belief in God, and free, almost, of my family.
At the age of 39, after my Gram's funeral, I took my grandmother into my heart. What would my life be like if I showed other people the same unconditional love she showed me?
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