My grandparents lived a few miles down the road, and boy did we need them. The lessons I learned as a child watching my grandmother have a permanent imprint on the way I see the world.
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My grandmother, a wealthy woman of great taste, taught me that if you have a few expensive pieces of clothing and you mix in some items from Walmart, no one will ever notice. She taught me how to make a bed and introduced me to the wonderful world of earplugs when I was having trouble sleeping in my loud, chaotic home. She taught me that when things are really bad, sometimes you should just buy some chocolate and take a nap.
I just told him I was taking you all roller skating and he felt bad enough for me. I wish I knew what happened in that interchange between cop and grandma. Death is hard and sad, she taught me, but you go to the funeral, you talk about the dead, you show friends that you are there to talk or cry or whatever they need. You be there for the grief. She prepared me to eventually deal with her death, to talk about it, cry about it, and continue loving her for the lessons she taught me about everything from Walmart clothes to facing heartbreaking events in my life.
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