Sunday, 5 May 2013

my inspiration

Day 5 of the blogging Every Day In May challenge and today we are publicly professing our love and devotion for someone.

The one person that had the biggest influence in my life was my Nanna. I never look back on events in my childhood without her being in nearly every memory. I spent an enormous amount of time with her and my grandad, going up to their house after school and every weekend.

I loved it and she always had my favourite Cadbury's Caramel chocolate bar and sweets waiting for me. It was a little girls dream! I was the only grandchild up until I was eight, so I had her undivided attention in my life.

A special day for me was when I went round and she had bought me a three storey Sindy house. My life was complete!

She used to take me on day trips to the seaside with her and she took me on my first holiday to Wales. I can remember being so excited that my parents got fed up of me talking about it!

Even now, I remember my Saturdays with her so clearly. She would make me a prawn cocktail starter, followed by a roast dinner. Depending on the weather, we would play tennis or darts outside or play cards and watch black and white movies all afternoon. We would then have salmon sandwiches and trifle for supper and watch game shows on the television.

Isn't it funny how things can stick clearly in your mind! It's only since I've got older that I've realised she must have been so tired at the weekend, as she worked full time until she retired. Nevertheless she still had all that time for me.

When I was seventeen, she moved away to be with my auntie and I really struggled with that. I knew she was only a couple of hours drive but it was still tough, especially when I had my own daughters. I used to go to see them when I could, but unfortunately my grandad died a few days after I had my second girl so he never got to see her. He spent a lot of my childhood poorly due to ill health and I always remember him sitting in his chair eating toffees.

My eldest daughter got to spend more time as a toddler with her than my youngest, as my Nanna died not long after my grandad. I'm sad that they didn't get to experience all the things with her that I did. Thank you Nanna for always being there for me when I needed you.




10 comments:

  1. What a lovely post. Your Nanna sounds like she was a very special person.

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  2. Thanks Katy, that's really kind. She was very special.

    Have a good day

    Rachel x

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  3. Rachel, your post got me all teary.It made me miss my nanna so much. My nanna passed away when she was 90, and everyoen kept saying what a great life she had. And she did, but I couldn't help feeling awful that I only had her for 26 years. Your nanna sounds like an amazing person xoxox

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  4. Hi Vanisha

    I got very teary as I wrote it, I still find it hard to talk about her without getting upset. People used to say that to me too and I thought the same as you.

    Thank you so much for leaving a caring comment and thanks for following on GFC. Keep in touch.

    Rachel x

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  5. my heart warms as I read this entry. i miss my nanna too. we live so far away. She lives in Ghana and I live in Canada and as a bad grand-daughter I am i don't phone her enough. Going to phone her right now.

    thanks for sharing this

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    1. That's a lovely thing to do, your grandma will be so pleased to hear from you.

      Enjoy your day

      Rachel x

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  6. Stopping by from the link up! What a beautiful post! It made me think of my own grandma who used to live down the street from us when I was little. I miss her, too. I also wrote my post today about a family member :)

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  7. Thanks for stopping by, Allison. It's really kind of you to leave a lovely comment.

    Have a lovely day
    Rachel x

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  8. My grandparents died before I was born so I didn't get the opportunity to know them. I have been doing genealogy to try to learn about them. My children have had some wonderful grandparents around and I have seen how great that can be. I just started the Challenge today and I am trying to catch up. I followed you on Pinterest and BlogLovin. I am excited to learn more about you!

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  9. Hi Betty

    I started doing research on my family too and found that I had cousins living around the corner. It's been lovely getting to know them.

    Thankyou so much for following me on Pinterest and Bloglovin, I hope you enjoy the blog.

    Have a lovely day
    Rachel x

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