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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)

TITLE: Grandma and Memories of Little Mae
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04/05/08


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Sheila couldn’t believe that she was now a grandma. She thought that such a privilege and happiness would never come her way. But now, at sixty-three, her son Brian and daughter-in-law, Tonia, had just been blest with the birth of their first child, Steve. He weighed in April 4, 2008 at eight pounds and five ounces; a very healthy baby..

It was a much anticipated birth; for her son and daughter-in-law had been trying for ten years to have a child. In their forties, they looked upon Steve as a miracle.

Sheila wondered if she would be as good and caring as her grandmother Carey had been with her. She reminisced about her grandma and recalled some of the wonderful things that she did for her.

She learned from her grandma about people and how important each life was on this earth. She also learned from her grandma, who was a licensed beautician for many years, the importance of hair styling, the importance of clothes and how to keep a house orderly and clean. There was so much, she thought, that her grandma taught her but most of all she remembered her grandma’s teachings of Jesus and how much He loved every human being.

Then, she remembered one of Grandma Carey’s favorite customers—“Little Mae.”

Little Mae was a poor woman, short in stature, with no teeth but one of the kindest, gutsiest and most giving woman she ever knew.

She then recalled a day when she was helping her grandma at her Beauty Shop. She was helping her grandma with some chores and had just finished “combing out” Little Mae’s hair. Little Mae was getting ready to leave but before she left she turned to Sheila and said, “Here, I want you to have this.”

From her chubby and chore-worn hand to Sheila’s she placed a shiny half dollar in the middle of her hand. She remembered feeling excited and happy and totally surprised.

When she later told her grandma what had happened, her grandma replied, “That’s Little Mae, for ya! She just loves to give!”

As she thought about that long-ago day, she smiled and said to herself, “Yes, that was Little Mae and that was you, too, grandma! And now, with Little Steve, I too have a chance to give!”


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Beth LaBuff 04/11/08
This is a beautiful and heart-warming story of "Little Mae" and your grandmother. I could picture Little Mae from your description. Your grandmother taught you some wonderful lessons. I could definitely relate to Sheila… grandmotherhood can sneak up on a person. :) This was enjoyable to read.
Glynis Becker 04/13/08
Aww! This was sweet. Great job.
Joshua Janoski04/15/08
I really liked Little Mae. Thank you for sharing this. Keep on writing. :)