I could have chosen to write about the surname Gunter today since it is "G" day. But, April is the birthday month for our grandmothers. Both of mine and one of David's were born in April. I was struggling with what to write today and saw this on Pinterest. It is the inspiration for today's post:
Grandma McClendon, David's grandma, was born in 1910 and was from a family of 12 children. She lost her husband at an early age. She was left to raise three children the oldest of which was 17, and the youngest was 9 years old, while being confined to a wheelchair. Through strong will and determination, she learned to walk again. She outlived two of her children, one of which died in infancy. The hospital nurse held Grandma's legs together as the baby's head was crowning while they waited to switch her from the labor room to the delivery room. Her baby girl died at three days old. The other, her oldest son, died in her front yard. She was a very kind woman and an excellent cook, just like my Granny. I never heard her say an unkind word about anybody, though I heard people being unkind in regards to her. These women suffered much and loved deeply. We were blessed to have them in our lives for as long as we did. Happy birthday to all of our April grandmas!
We should all have one person who knows how to bless us despite the evidence, Grandmother was that person to me. ~Phyllis Theroux (Quote Garden, 2012)