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Rising Above It: My First Earth Angel

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I lived with this woman until I was 7 years old. After I moved out, I spoke with her on the phone every day through my college years. Every thing I did, I would wonder what would she think. Would she be proud? Would this make her smile? Would she approve? She is my grandmother. My grandmother was my first earth angel.


My grandmother was the baby of 7 children, 5 girls & 2 boys. Her mom died when she was 2 and her father passed away when she was only 4 years old. Her oldest sister who was around 18 at the time raised her along with her children. She was born & raised in Tennessee, but later moved to Michigan where she met my grandfather. After giving birth to my mom (& uncle), things didn’t work out in that relationship and she moved to Chicago (my home). She managed to buy a home and raise her two children without graduating high school or college.

I admire her for many reasons but mainly because she shaped me into the person I am today. I learned many lessons from her, but the biggest ones came from me watching her when she didn’t know I was looking. She keeps a smile on her face, and makes a friend everywhere we go. She is thinker, saver, planner and always willing to help someone. Over the years, she has shown me that love is an action over and over. She is the one person (besides my husband & children) that says, I love you and I believe it is true. She has always wanted the best for me and did whatever was in her power to make that happen including:

  • Teaching me how to read & write early, so when I went to kindergarten I was skipped to the first grade.
  • Taking me to open up my first checking account and even helped me find my first job.
  • Saved for two years (without me knowing) then paid in full for my braces. My teeth were jacked up!
  • Financial aid didn’t fully cover my first year, so my granny gave me $1,500 on the spot so I could stay in college.

These are just a few of hundreds of things my grandmother has done for me. When I call her now, as a married woman of 10 years & 3 kids, she still wants to know what I am doing so she can support me. When I hear, “I am so proud of you!”, “If anyone would do it, I knew it would be you!” or “Girl, you never cease to amaze me!”  from the other end of the phone, I still blush at the sound of her approval.  No matter how many books I read and inspiring people I meet along my path, it will always be my grandmother that makes me push myself to the outer limits.

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  • Kirsten
    December 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    You are so lucky to have her in your life. I was born after all of my Grandparents had passed away.

    • Bernetta
      December 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Thanks Kirsten! I feel lucky too!! She is the BEST person!

  • Candace
    December 5, 2013 at 3:34 am

    This was BEAUTIFUL!! and you had an amazing Earth Angel. Mine would be my grandfather but I totally understand hearing that “I’m proud of you” from them is EVERYTHING!! She did a great job! P.S. you’re little one is SO YOU! lol love her pose

  • [email protected]
    December 5, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Your grandmother sounds like such an amazingly, supportive woman.
    All of my grandparents died before I was born, except for my Father’s Mother who died when I was 3.
    There’s something about grandparents and their babies. The level of love and approval is so deep.
    Hug your Grandma for me!

  • Bobbie
    December 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Bernetta, You have a beautiful family and a GREAT story. Your grandmother did a fabulous job raising you into such a fabulous woman. Kudos you First Earth Angel, your grandmother

  • Katherine G
    December 13, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Wow you have an awesome grandmother!! Now wonder you are so amazing. You have such amazing role models and people to guide you. your grandmother is truly amazing.

    • Bernetta
      December 15, 2013 at 3:43 am

      Thanks Katherine!! I appreciate it! She is pretty fab!

  • Tami
    December 15, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Great posts, I wish I had someone at an early age to steer me in the right direction, it worked out in the end but it was a rough start!

    • Bernetta
      December 15, 2013 at 3:32 am

      Thanks Tami!!! Yeah, I am grateful for her.