My Nona, My Inspiration

One of the kindest women I know is my grandmother, whom I call my Nona. She has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I’ve always looked to her as a role model. Growing up, I spent every New Year’s Eve at my grandparents’ house with my sister and cousins. It was a wonderful time to be together, and we loved hanging out with our Nona and Pop-Pop. Nona has a way of making everyone feel incredibly loved and special. She always listens intently and freely shares all that she has to teach with others. Whenever I am around her, I can’t help but smile.

Over the years, many of my friends have met my Nona, and they always remark about how special she is and how warm she makes them feel. She offers unconditional love and is always there for you when you need someone to talk to. She sends handwritten letters to me, my cousins, her family members, church members, and other people who may need her words of encouragement. She also frequently visits other women to keep them company and spends time with people she knows in the hospital.

Another great memory I have is Nona’s “kids’ camp.” She would host my cousins and me for a week each summer and pick a theme, such as a circus, game show, or play. At the end of the week, we would put on a production for our parents. It was such a special time, and it’s amazing to me how much she wanted to impact our lives. She truly cared about our well-being, and she always provided us with good, clean fun.

I am so appreciative of all she has done for me and given me over the years. I hope that, when I become a grandmother, I can spoil, love, and cherish my grandchildren as much as my Nona does hers!

Image source: Lauren Gaines