About the blog: “Esta noche una escritora ha nacido”
I went to Target and bought the prettiest 3-ring binder I could find, notebook paper, fancy pens, dividers and a case to carry the pens. I put thought into each of the items I purchased. These would become “Grandma’s special” writing supplies for her blog.
I invited myself over for dinner at Uncle Art & Aunt Jennifer’s home where Grandma is staying. After we finished eating I asked my uncle to be my translator to Grandma.
Denise: “Grandma, I have a very important project but I need your help to make it happen. This is something that only you can do. And it will be a wonderful gift for you to give the family.
You have so many stories and experiences to share with the family. So many of us haven’t heard the stories and we’d love to be able to pass them on to future generations.
I’d like for you to write one story every day about one family member. The story can be just one favorite memory, a lesson you learned—or anything you want. For example, today you might write a story on your mother. Tomorrow might be a story on your sister. The story can be long or short. Anything you want.”
Grandma listened. She had a look of interest in her eyes and her slight smile gave her away. But she hesitated.
Grandma: “I can’t. What would I write about? I can’t write anymore (she shows me her weak hand). I didn’t have anything more than a 3rd grade education. I don’t remember things anymore.”
Denise: “Grandma. A month ago at my parents’ home you told us the story of how you and grandpa met. You remembered details like names. I know you can do it Grandma.”
Grandma: “You’re right. I did talk a lot that day. And you seemed to take particular interest.”
At this point I knew she was on board with the project. We shook hands to seal the deal.
Then I stunned her by saying—“let’s begin now!”
Grandma said she’d prefer to work in another room by herself—away from everyone else! So she got up, used her walker and went to the dining room. She announced to the family: “Tonight a writer is born!”
An hour later she finished. She handed in a story that was 1 ½ pages long, double spaced. And so begins Grandma’s Blog: “Esta noche una escritora ha nacido”.
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