Friday, May 04, 2007

My African Grandmother

I want to introduce you all to someone who has had a profound influence on me and who is one of the most remarkable people I've ever met:

Great-grandmother's journey takes her to STU convocation

Although the article gives the impression that it was her classmates who coined her nickname of "Mama" Alice, the name predates her University studies by years; it is what she has been known as ever since she came to Canada. She is in every way the spiritual Grandmother of every employee at the local multicultural association, and indeed the whole multicultural community. We all call her our "African Grandmother".

She has had a difficult life, touched by many hardships; and she is the most gentle, kindly, steadfast soul I've had the privilege of meeting to date in my life. She is compassionate - Husband and I saw her sitting outside the grocery store one day and asked if we could give her a ride home. No, she said, her grandson was coming to get her - but wait! She ran inside the store and found an elderly Russian lady who was a friend of hers and who didn't have a ride home, and we ended up chauffering this complete stranger and her groceries home. Like many times we've been with Mama Alice, the most mundane meetings can become adventures.

Meeting a woman like her teaches you that we are all the authors of much of our own fortune, and that whining is for wimps - change what you have the power to change, and quit your bitching.

The achievement is all hers, and hers alone, but we're all so proud of her.

ronnie

2 Comments:

Blogger Xtreme English said...

hey...great post about yr wonderful African grandmother! gonna steal her story for my blog, too.

btw, where did u get this electronic barbie doll in yr profile? Cinco de Mayo t-shirt, yet!

2:53 AM  
Blogger ronnie said...

The electronic Barbie doll :) is a Yahoo! "avatar". If you have a Yahoo! account you can create one. They're fun - reminds me of paper dolls when we were kids.

http://www.avatars.yahoo.com is where you can create 'em if you happen to have a Yahoo! email address.

Thanks for wanting to blog about Mama. She is a really special woman.

ronnie

5:59 PM  

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