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I want to tell them about my maternal grandmother that loved fresh fruit. One of the things that she taught me was how to cut up honeydew and cantaloupe melons. She always cautioned me to gently scrape out the seeds in the middle because it's the sweetest part.

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     I remember my Father taking his children every year to Charleston, SC to visit the house he grew up in on Rose Lane.  His Mother was native American and thy had no running water.  There was a pump out front in the yard and an outhouse in the woods.  The "bathroom was a small room with a large tin tub on the wall that was taken down for bath night.  Water was pumped from the front yard, brought in in buckets and heated on the wood-burning stove and poured into the tub.  Everyone bathed in the same water.  We had to do this when we visited my grandmother each summer.  He did not want us to forget where he came from and how far we had progressed....

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I purchased the AARP books when we first had grandkids, I got one for each of our sons families, one has four daughters the other two sons, and I keep writing in them and adding pictures, suggest everyone do that, also write to the kids and put a little paper  money inside

and sometimes they even write back, (some are too young) we do some Facetime, as well, and write on the Messenger FACEBOOK when we can.  All ways of communicating are important, giving them the roots to grow into the adults and parents which will carry on our traditions, and love.  I still think about what would my grandma do, or how did my mom and mil. handle it.

   Thanks for the opportunity to express myself in each of the Grandma and Grandpa books from AARP and continue your good works.

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I have 9 children it would be wonderful to have this opportunity to have this .

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I an presently in the process of writing my story for both my children and my grandchildren.  I am writing about my life as a child until the time my wife and I met and married in 1964.  I am not telling about anything after our marriage so I have titled my book "Before We Were".  One story you might find interesting is when I was about 6.  I had been told that cats always land on their feet and as curiosity got the best of me I captured our cat, took him upstairs,  held him out the window (upsidedown), and dropped him.  I watched him land on his feet, ran down stairs, rushed outside, and before the cat could escape I did it again.  I did this three times before getting caught and stopped.  Yes, I discovered cats do always land on their feet.  Oh, just a side I met my wife on Sunday, took her out on Wednesday, proposed on Saturday, and we were married 5 weeks later - will be 54 years in October.

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I have always wanted grandchildren and now I have two boys aged 4 & 2...  I have not seen them in 2 years, due to my son having some kind of issue with me that he does not want to discuss.

I have tried to stay possitive, but it gets really hard sometimes.  I just don't know what more i can do except wait for him to come around.  In the meantime, my heart breaks not knowing going on with him or my grandchildren.

I would love to have this to pass on to them should i not get any chance to ever get to know them.  At least they would know me on paper.  It's sad though, because i have a lot to offer in wisdom and attitude. At least it would give me something to look forward to completing.

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Not all AARP members are grandparents. I had my children later in life so my children are still in their 20s. I want to instill in my children and to future grandchildren to not let anyone tell you that you can't do something. Having been a woman who graduated high school in the 1970s, I kept being told I can't do something because I am a female. It was something repeated to me my entire life. I couldn't participate in certain sports because I was a girl. I couldn't choose certain professions since I was a woman. I came from a very conservative area of the country. I want every child born to live their life at their choosing. I was left alone to raise an infant and two young autistic children with other morbidities. I worked to survive, lived where we had no choice. I hope at such a time I can live and travel to where I have always wanted to go. I am still a 24/7 caregiver. Tell the children of this world to take the chance, do it, don't hold back, and soar. Most of all try to be happy.

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Before you came into my world, your parents were in college and I had a hobby farm with three donkeys--Florabelle, Matilda Mary Margaret and Buckwell Spent. I also had a Rhea (a big, flightless ostrich-like bird), two peahens, about 10 guinea fowl plus a Bearded Collie and several cats.Your mom asked if she might invite her boyfriend home for Xmas break. They had decided that they were engaged to be married. This was a surprise. When they arrived at our house for introductions, your mom stated your dad's surname is BURROWS, which delighted me endlessly. From the day they married, I changed the ringtone on my cell phone to that of a burro braying. That way, I know when she is calling me, and I get to say, when someone laughs at the ringtone, "Excuse me. That's my daughter. Her name is Burrows!" It never fails to delight!

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This is just a genius idea! I was orphaned early into my formative years. My mother died when I was 3 & my father was deployed to Vietnam only16months after my mother passed away. My knowledge of my parents is somewhat limited, but what I do know I want my grandkids to know their Grandfather was a hero & their Grandmother was the most incredibly strong woman. I would love to take them to see the building named for my father at Wright Patterson AFB. I’ve never seen Vietnam memorial, so I would want them to see both of those honors to memorialize my Dad. I would love to write a book so they never forget them. And also learn more of my history as well, living through it all & how the war scarred me for my entire life. So, let’s do this. If you pick me that is. Thank you listening to the truncated version of my life. 

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I’m not a Grammy yet, but have been preparing for years now. 

 

I have ave one son.  I thought I’d have a dozen!  He was so intelligent from the time he was born.  He spoke in sentences at 15 months, tied his shoes at 3 and was the teacher’s pet by kindergarten.  Of course, he would tie and untie shoes in the winter for recess. Haha

 

My son, Samuel is now in his final semester of college and he will then have his Master’s Degree and Doctorate.  He will be working with children to help stop team suicides, bullying and shootings.  

 

You see, my little boy and I lived in Lakewood, CO for two years and when the first school shooting at Columbine happened, he was in 2nd grade and in a lick-down until 8:00 at night.  He was 1/4 of a mile from the High School.  Parents had to be escorted by police to their child’s classroom and then your child needed to come to you before being escorted back to your car, lock it and drive straight home.  

 

We we already had plans in place to move home as soon as Sam was done with second grade, but this certainly was an extra push.  So, my son will have the unique perspective to  help find out children’s problems and prevent these things from happening. 

 

I’ve actually been collecting books, clothes, etc. since he was a baby.  I read to him all the time before and after he was born.  I talked to him about everything.  Even on a grocery shopping trip included showing him something and telling him the color or shape.  I got a lot of funny looks from people, but I started when he was born and never quit. 

 

I am am so proud of the man he has become and I would LOVE to have this book to record all of those little things and big events so those memories are on paper forever!

 

Smiles, Jane 

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