Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size,But when I start to tell them,They think I’m telling lies.I say,It’s in the reach of my arms,The span of my hips,The stride of my step,The curl of my lips.I’m a woman,Phenomenally.Phenomenal woman,
That’s me. (Maya Angelou)
I couldn’t think of any other woman to feature better than the GOAT herself. GOAT meaning the greatest of all time. My grandma Andrea better known as cookie. Is nothing short of amazing. Everything I am and will be is because of the impact that she’s made in my life. She’s a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Driven educated and God-fearing. Mema loves unconditionally but will always prove her point of always being right. Her favorite saying “You don’t believe fat meat is greasy” along with her sarcasm makes her an angel on earth.
I was always attached to my grandma hip polar opposites, I can be a chatter box while my grandmother (Mema) is very reserved. Mema was always in my corner holding me down going the extra mile. Most grandparents just buy the really cool gifts that your parents can’t afford or won’t get but my grandma went above and beyond in every aspect. Mema is very hands on still to this day. She taught me how to line my lips as well as drive a car. She has taught me independece and that a man is like a purse, a accesory but not a necessity.
She was a single mother who raised two after her and my grandfather divorced. The saying “It takes a village to raise a child” was known in our household, when me grandmother took on the challenge of parenting a teenage daughter who had a child. There was never a missed meal or lesson because my grandmother provided. The biggest cheerleader and fan supporting me in sports as well as assuring me that education was key to success in life.
I was very rebellious in my younger years. What changed for me was when I went to college my grandmother helped me fill out my FASFA apply for housing. It wasn’t until I got to college that I truly could grasp all that my grandmother did for me along the years. There is no way I could pay her back for all that she has done, but when I saw the pure joy she had seeing me achieve honor roll in college and join organizations I realized that it was all worth it. There was no greater happiness than seeing the person I seek validation from be proud of me. All of the hard work my grandmother put into molding me into the woman I am did not go in vain.
Mema didn’t have to do it,but she did allowing me a oppurunity to go to the best of schools, putting me into activites to help with my social skills and keep me busy, taking me to St.Matthews and allowing God to be a pressences in my life. She is truly the Greatest of all Time and has given to me what people search a lifetime to find which is a admirabel role model. I couldnt think of a better month to honor her in with Novemeber being her birthday month. As well as take the oppurtunity to say thank you for everything and never giving up on me.