I’m very interested in intergenerational stories and I know we, us bloomers, must document our stories. I’m committed to contributing to this body of work.
Over the winter break I balanced working off-site (I work at a school and it was closed for the holidays) and spending time with my grandmother. I see my grandmother every day, but this was different. There was something more magical than usual.
Daily, we were explorers, going on at-home adventures. For example: Grams and Netflix! She enjoyed the different experience of watching a movie on her computer. We watched, What Happened, Miss Simone?
Spending time with my grandmother wasn’t just about supporting or tending to her, it was about being with her and creating the space to just be and to listen to each other. It wasn’t always easy, us spending such concentrated time together over a spam of 2.5 weeks. We be, two grown womyn, though she’s an elder and I’m her granddaughter, we both real grown. We be, two whole persons set in our ways, with our own particulars.
Coolest thing though, I appreciate that my grandmother respects my brain, my intellect…my critical consciousness. That’s dope to me. She listens to me when I talk and she asks for clarity when needed. Spending this time with her made me more reminiscent than usual. In recent years, my grandmother survived a stroke, resulting in paralysis. The blessing is that a.) she’s still here and in her “right” mind, and b.) the paralysis is on her less dominate side—the opposite side from which she writes. I reminisced on how she navigated the world prior to the stroke—a ball of energy. She was enjoying retirement prior to the stroke—she was driving the day before. This new normal, post-stroke, changed everything for both her and our family. This “new normal” is ever-changing—it’s a continued healing from the stroke, while also aging.
Words fail me right now to put the feelings of this experience on the page *eye sweat starting* but yeah, this is the beginning of “the granny chronicle.”
I’ve written a lot. I’ve taken a lot of pics. I trust, that at some point, I’ll compile these musings and pics into a coffee table book that’s as memorable as the memories created during our time spent together. Anyhoo, I will share them and other granny stories throughout 2016. Granny and I have our own tab on the top menu, so I’ll let you know when I’m posting there.
I’m very interested in intergenerational stories and I know we, us bloomers, must document our stories. I’m committed to contributing to this body of work. Read my next post “art making and intentions!” for a taste of the granny chronicle…