My Grammy is the most beautiful human being inside and out. She has been my best friend from the very beginning, when she stood outside the delivery room listening to the first cries of her first grandbaby. Now, almost 25 years later, she is still my confidante, my biggest fan, and one of my heroes. Everyone jokes that I am her favorite grandchild (she has ten or so), and she stopped denying it many years ago. Growing up, my grandmother faced many challenges and tragic losses. Her mother died when she was five or six years old, and her father struggled to care for her on his own. The situations in which she grew up were not supportive or loving. Even among family, she struggled to fit in and fought to be and feel accepted. Somehow, out of that darkness and loneliness, she bloomed to be the most loving, kind hearted, and generous person I have ever met. I have never once doubted her unconditional and whole hearted love for me. She made sure that I never struggled to find or feel love and acceptance. Everything she does, she does out of love for her family, and she will give and give and give without ever taking a second for herself. My Grammy has provided the most beautiful example of strength, selflessness, forgiveness, and family devotion, and I hope to follow that example for my children and my grandchildren.
~ Jessica Bissett