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  • October 1, 2014

Remembering a Lost Grandmother Through Her Trinkets

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Rachel Link

This post was originally published in October 2014. We’re resurfacing it as part of our #ThrowbackThursday effort to give some love to our favorite posts.—The Proof Team

What sorts of stories are told through someone’s personal possessions? In my job as an associate producer at National Geographic, I’m constantly sifting through videos, searching for amazing work to add to the Short Film Showcase. I’m often looking for pieces like Gemma Green-Hope’s poignant film Gan-Gan—which uses stop-motion animation to show the relationship between a granddaughter and grandmother.

The film’s description immediately struck a chord with me:

“My grandmother Elizabeth (or Gan-Gan as I called her) was a force of nature; she was wonderful … After her death in 2010, I helped my father and uncle sort through some of her possessions. I inherited some of her clothes to wear, books to read, a bicycle to ride. But how do you make sense of all the other things that someone leaves behind, the things nobody sees, boxes full of photographs and bits of string?”

While I was home in Colorado, my own grandmother let me rummage her craft room for future project supplies. I came across photographs of her severe-looking parents, porcelain dolls, and mouse-eaten scrapbooks from her college years. I realized that while I will never see all the dimensions of my grandmother, these objects are a testament to her story and mine.

What I like about Green-Hope’s piece is that she creatively animated these “unseen” personal items to create a touching portrait of her grandmother’s life. In under three minutes, she presents Gan-Gan’s dynamic personality and various interests (books, nature, blood sports) through collage and stop-motion animation. This homage celebrates not only a grandmother, but a woman who lived life fearlessly and fully. I spoke with Green-Hope about the film and her Gan-Gan:

Picture of older woman and roses
A still from the film Gan-Gan by Gemma Green-Hope

RACHEL LINK: Is there a story behind the name Gan-Gan?

GEMMA GREEN-HOPE: It’s an unusual name, and I’ve only met two other people who called their grandmothers Gan-Gan. Apparently, Queen Victoria was referred to as Gangan by her great-grandchildren.

There is some distant connection, as Gan-Gan’s great-aunt worked at Osborn House (Queen Victoria’s Isle of Wight home) and passed down some beautiful lilies—cuttings from the garden there. Every time Gan-Gan moved house she would dig them up and move them along with her.

Picture of young woman and bicycle
Gemma Green-Hope and her grandmother’s vintage Raleigh bicycle

RACHEL: Can you tell me a bit more about the travels you took with her bicycle?

GEMMA: I inherited her lovely blue bicycle, a Raleigh Traveller. I ride it often, and when I do it feels like I am carrying her with me. One of my first rides on it was to Hampton Court, and I imagined her there too—she loved history and had some amazing books on the kings and queens of England. I took it on a family cycling holiday to the Isle of Wight, where Gan-Gan was born and brought up. I also rode from London to Brighton (about 50 miles) on it, which was a beautiful ride but quite tough on a three speed! When I was studying I cycled to work and to university on it every day, and now I work from home in Wales but enjoy heading out along the country lanes on a sunny day.

Picture of woman standing in doorway
A still from the film Gan-Gan by Gemma Green-Hope

RACHEL: Do you have a favorite book of hers that you kept?

GEMMA: I have her hard-backed edition of Christina Rossetti poems, with some gorgeous illustrations. Also just as valuable to me is the notebook I gave her to write down her childhood memories, which I love looking at.

Picture of older and younger woman
A teenage Gemma Green-Hope and her grandmother

RACHEL: Did she pass any traits down to you, like list writing or labeling?

GEMMA: A love of the sea, and of stories, an energetic nature, and a tendency to jump out of my skin!

She really archived her life, which was amazing. I think I inherited that, but whereas she did it through diaries, photographs, newspaper cuttings, and carefully packaged curiosities, I do it through drawing and animating. I also love a good list!

Picture of gnomes in grass
A still from the film Gan-Gan by Gemma Green-Hope

RACHEL: Would you say you got to know your grandmother better through this process?

GEMMA: Definitely. There were so many things that I read or found that made me feel closer to her; reading her diaries and looking through boxes of photographs felt like getting to know her all over again. Reading the little explanatory notes stuck to things was poignant and sad, but some of them also made me laugh so much! I wanted the film and the process of making it to be a celebration of her life.

RACHEL: What do you miss most about her?

GEMMA: Her kindness, her sense of fun, her eccentricities, and her wonderful letters.

Picture of palmistry hand and cross on hand
A still from the film Gan-Gan by Gemma Green-Hope

RACHEL: How did you come up with the idea of a stop-motion piece?

GEMMA: Walking around her house after she died, still filled with all her personality and presence, I was struck by how all her possessions told a story. I bought a disposable camera and photographed every room just as it was.

The photos sat in a drawer for three years, and when I found them again I decided they needed to be used. They were the starting point for making the rest of the animation.

Everyone has such interesting lives and stories, and it seems sad that all that history often disappears with them. It’s impossible to sum up someone’s whole life in two minutes, but I wanted to capture a little piece of her marvelous character and share it with others so she wouldn’t be forgotten.

View more of Gemma Green-Hope’s work on her website, and watch more videos from the Short Film Showcase here.

There are 124 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Rosarina Arena
    October 22, 2014

    This video is simple charming. I felt so identify with her as I remember my grandmther and the things we have done together. I wish I could remember what really was inside of her, how her soul was, because I have love her very much but I think that my eyes miss the chance to really see her. Congratulations for the tribute to a very special person in your life

  2. Lori
    October 21, 2014

    Loved it! Very clever and touching!

  3. Iliana Varona
    October 16, 2014

    Beautiful. If we could all be remembered like this.

  4. Siew Chui Lau
    October 16, 2014

    What a wonderful way to remember her by. Touching and beautiful. Love endures.

  5. Cal
    October 14, 2014

    Lovely idea. Only caught a word now and then, however, as she spoke so very fast.

  6. Rusman Sumbayak
    October 14, 2014

    Penyajian yang mengagumkan

  7. Shaukat Ali Eshai.
    October 14, 2014

    What a nice tribute for a grandmother.
    Thank you.

  8. Merv Griffin
    October 14, 2014

    As artsy-fartsy as this is, recording the lives of people is important and worthwhile. Try and have a few less tears lost in rain.

  9. Donna
    October 13, 2014

    Really beautiful

  10. Yang Qiao
    October 13, 2014

    What beautiful the pictures with love!

  11. Ann Kennedy
    October 13, 2014

    I loved reading about Gangan. It reminded me of my Gran and how much I miss her. She too was amazing and so many stories of grandmothers never get told and that’s too bad.

  12. Emily Chatfield-Lusto
    October 13, 2014

    Poignant, and inspiring. My mother just turned 90 and I think I’d like to capture her character, traits, talents, and gifts to those she loved this way. I liked the way you shine through your grandmother. Thank you! Emily

  13. Horse Lover
    October 13, 2014

    Lovely idea, but images and talking are too rapid, creating anxious mood, opposite of theme of wonder and appreciation.

  14. Jean
    October 13, 2014

    These two words seem so inadequate, but “Thank you.”
    Jean

  15. Roland
    October 13, 2014

    Your moving tribute fills me with contrasting emotions. It made me feel happy ~ and sad; wishing I had things to share with someone after I die and yet glad that I don’t; hoping I can (or have already ~ or will) contribute something of value to another life; yet knowing I most probably wont (or haven’t). I sincerely believe everyone on this earth is here for a reason. What that reason is we most probably will never know in this life, but your tribute does shed some light on this ~ if if enlightens, brightens just one person now or in the future, I believe it may very well be a (as in “one”) reason for both your and your grandmothers life. So, perhaps, the short film will (has) inspire others to reflect on their own lives and the lives of others in a positive manner – in a way that will enrich not only their own lives but that of others as well.

  16. Fazilay
    October 13, 2014

    Lovely gan gan reminded me of my mom what a beautiful way to pay a tribute

  17. Chic McCormick
    October 13, 2014

    A beautiful tribute to your gran and a great way to remember her.

  18. Kevin
    October 13, 2014

    Gemma, you have insired me to do something similar with all the bits and pieces I have from my beloved Grandpa who taught me how to use my hands to create.

  19. Miranda
    October 13, 2014

    This loving tribute to your dear ancestor Gan-Gan was moving and full of emotional impact for me, as I could see elements of my own mother and how she became a beloved elder to my daughter, with her own foibles and special qualities.
    To commemorate your Hpgan -Gan in this way keeps her unique character alive and confers immortality, as she is now widely known and admired by other human beings who appreciate her specialness, and her memory lives on forever in these media.
    Miranda

  20. Mike
    October 13, 2014

    Gemma, thank you!

  21. robert campbell
    October 13, 2014

    very very special, you touched my heart

  22. Gerda Liedts
    October 13, 2014

    What abeautiful tribute! I wish also I could see a slow- version of it! Is that possible?

  23. ARTURO MACIAS SEGURA
    October 13, 2014

    Me gusto muchísimo, es algo muy novedoso y vale la pena ver.

  24. Bruce
    October 12, 2014

    Very beautiful!
    My granddaughter told me yesterday that she was planning to do two such tributes and now she has this as a guide! Thank you!

  25. Matt Hanson
    October 12, 2014

    Thank you (moved beyond words).

    We are kindred —

  26. Deborah
    October 12, 2014

    This is a fabulous video. I enjoyed it very much. You can tell a huge story in a little space. You did it. Thank you.

  27. tom
    October 12, 2014

    its an amazing video i like so much time lapses! But i dont know that how can be a nature lover religious?! Darwin or god, you can choose just one i think…

  28. conni
    October 12, 2014

    This was a wonderful tribute. I too loved my gran’ma more than anyone. Wonderful remembrance Makes me remember my own

  29. linda randes
    October 12, 2014

    I watched it…I cried…my mother just passed..it reminded of the connections.
    My daughter just called..she wants to wear her grandmothers weeding gown…I cried.

  30. James B.
    October 12, 2014

    What a gift!
    To love and be loved so much.
    I pray for your loss and envy your experience.
    To steal from a poet – (Sam Keen) –
    We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. I think you saw your gran….perfectly.
    I wish I could “share” her with the world. Then she would live on forever!!!

  31. Lori Anzini
    October 12, 2014

    This is truly a beautiful video tribute to your grandmother. I am doing that also…but in written form..keep doing what you’re doing. All grandmothers should be honored.

  32. Ann Kennedy
    October 12, 2014

    Poignant, beautiful, inspiring.

  33. Tarcisio Santos de Salles
    October 12, 2014

    Congratulations!

  34. Antonio Britto
    October 12, 2014

    WONDERFUL

  35. Sarah
    October 12, 2014

    A touching and beautiful story, thank you
    for sharing some of Gan Gans life.

  36. Lois McDade
    October 12, 2014

    I believe you have fulfilled your desire to acquaint us with your Gan-Gan’s essence. A charming, touching, deeply spiritual tribute Gemma, thank-you so much. Made me laugh, made me weep. I have several boxes of mementos in the garage of my sons home. Lately I have been thinking that I should get rid of them as they cannot possibly be of much interest to any one but myself. You have shown me the error of my ways. I shall let the grands go through the movie/ concert stubs, the baubles, the threads of my life. I can only hope that they mean as much to one of them as your Gan-Gan’s belongings did to you. What a fortunate woman, to have been so deeply loved and understood by her clever grand daughter. She was obviously a remarkable woman who lives on through the talent of her grand daughter, bless her heart as well as yours.

  37. Kern Carter
    October 12, 2014

    It’s amazing how you can get such a clear picture of someone through a 3 minute clip. Incredible.

  38. Cea
    October 12, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to your Gan Gan. We all live such interesting lives, that sometimes our own children don’t recognise. Thank you too for seeing the wonderful life and person your grandmother was.

  39. Jseph Christian Kramer III
    October 12, 2014

    “It makes no difference as to the name of God, since love is the God of the world.” (Apache proverb)

  40. Shelly
    October 12, 2014

    Thank you for your lovely story. It’s so wonderful you’ve had the opportunity to think about your grandma. We have so much to learn from our mothers and grandmothers but life is so busy sometimes we don’t get to do it while they’re alive.I hope you continue to enjoy your Momentos from your gan gan. When I lost loved ones like you have I got great comfort from my God. If you’d like to see a great website go to [redacted URL]. It’s the most widely translated website in the world over 700 languages and I’m am recommending it because in the privacy of your home you can get answers to questions you’ve never asked anyone else. I hope you look at it and once again thank you so much for this wonderful movie you made. Feel free to contact me. Shelly

  41. Frank Owen SoRelle
    October 12, 2014

    Such a beautiful tribute. Life is so fleeting that sometimes the fullness of a life is brushed out the door in an estate sale without thought. The common man is only decades away from the “last time his name is mentioned aloud.” We only live in the hearts of our loved ones until they have stepped out of this world to join us. Written history is our only means of being remembered and our efforts in life become meaningful…… We should all be so fortunate to have such a granddaughter.

  42. Gilbert DUPUIS
    October 12, 2014

    Could we see this little film in a slow down motion? I would like that, even if it take longer to view.

  43. Barnaby Spring
    October 12, 2014

    What a penetrating and noble-hearted tribute to one who obviously meant so much to you. The fact that it radiates out to others in ways that convey something about the basic goodness of humanity is not only a testament to your Gan-Gan – but to your accomplishment and promise as a visual storyteller. This piece was like taking a drink of water from an ancient well. Thank you.

  44. Ivan Filippenko
    October 12, 2014

    What a marvelous tribute, and how heartwarming your desire to do it. Both Gan-Gan and you are amazing people. Thank you.

  45. Anne Kinley
    October 12, 2014

    “We dance round in a ring and suppose,
    But the Secret sits in the middle and knows”. R. Frost.

    This poem came to mind looking at your hand film ~ the left representing life’s complexities ~ the right, the One who knows.

  46. Jackie Ley
    October 12, 2014

    A great little film. Well done Gemma !!!!

  47. Alice
    October 12, 2014

    What a beautiful and loving way to remember your grandmother! How precious to know this particular human being graced the planet with her presence, her love and her creative spirit. You did a terrific presentation of her life which gives me a sense of who she was even though I never knew her. She shines through you!

  48. Lynne
    October 12, 2014

    I can think of nothing more wonderful than the hope that my three grand daughters might someday remember me and my life by cherishing things I love and therefore remind them of me – the person I am, the life I have lived and the memories they have of me.

  49. Glendyr Dade
    October 12, 2014

    Thank you for sharing her life with the world, what a tribute to a special lady. I had a similar relationship with my grandfather, still miss him nearly 40 years on.

  50. Sona Vavrouskova
    October 12, 2014

    It has this gently floating spirit feel through whole movie . You captured your grandma life with beautiful touch ,expressed by love and admiration … Very nice !

  51. CeeJay
    October 12, 2014

    A beautiful, touching tribute. Well done!

  52. Charles Moritz
    October 12, 2014

    I can only wish that I could know someone like her…. The essence of life.

  53. Cathie
    October 12, 2014

    I smiled through your whole video because I love all of the things your GanGan loved and know my life will be lost on my daughter and grand daughters. I have a knot either in my center or my heart from watching your video. It awakened a longing to do the same thing for my forgotten Grandma. I love your style.

  54. Roland
    October 12, 2014

    Amazing and wonderful! This was so very nice to watch and to listen to.

  55. Kevin Shoesmith
    October 12, 2014

    What a wonderful little film. And I mean wonderful in the true sense of that word. All of it. I especially love the way Gemma ties herself to her grandmother through her eyebrows, and a bicycle.

  56. cherie
    October 12, 2014

    Just wanted to add one more thing. A thought for an atheist (coming from an ex-atheisti). If you love creation, you are loving God. If you love rocks, mountains, flowers, animals, people and yourself you are loving God for God is the essence of all that is existent. The light within each atom, each cell! So-called religion puts God in a box and says you can’t open this box unless you are “one of us”. I’ve noticed lately the box has exploded and God is laughing… how can God be contained in a box (religion) when he is beyond and at the same time within all. Dear Atheist, you are God –unrealized. Seek the light within all and love it with abandon.

  57. Geoff Pearce
    October 12, 2014

    An exceptional piece of work. Gan Gan may be gone but with this short film she’ll never be forgotten. Thank you.

  58. Angelica
    October 12, 2014

    Lovely and touching story!

  59. spilios spiliopoulos
    October 12, 2014

    very emotional….very sensitive act of you..as well as beautiful work….really touching

  60. cherie
    October 12, 2014

    Your story brought to mind my gramma whom I loved dearly as you loved yours. Wonderful memories! Celebrating a loved one’s life before or after the fact adds a further dimension to love remembered and understanding of that soul.

  61. Patricia
    October 12, 2014

    Very very beautiful, thank you for letting me in to experience the rays of love between you and your Gan Gan. Sacred.

  62. Marcia
    October 12, 2014

    A wonderful tribute by a loving granddaughter. I have lost two close family members this year and this piece gives me pause to think about how to remember them.

  63. Lisette Tremblay
    October 12, 2014

    I am 60 years old. My grandmother has past away and I have no children. This story has inspired me in regards to my nieces and nephews. Thank you. Lisettte

  64. Rita
    October 12, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this with us. When I go through a loved ones personal possessions, it’s hard to decide what to keep. You can’t keep it all. I was once told by a wise friend, if you can’t keep it, take a picture of it so that you retain the memories.

  65. John Keane
    October 12, 2014

    A marvelous little construction. Thank you so much. Makes me wish I had known my own grandmother better. And makes me wish I had known Elizabeth (Gan-Gan).

  66. Bill Perron
    October 12, 2014

    Interesting palm, says she always knew what she wanted and had a very strong ability to know who she wanted to associate with and who she’d rather not waste time with. Great imagination, could visualize her and others ideas in her minds eye very easily. Given a task she’d do it better than expected if allowed to do it her way. Strongly influenced by all senses, colors, sounds, smells, etc.

  67. Alamin
    October 12, 2014

    I wish I had your talent to express the interesting lives of my parents in a like manner. I’m sure most of us have people in our lives that have left (just such) an indelible impression.

  68. James O. Ahtes
    October 12, 2014

    Thank you for sharing a most beautiful life.

  69. Padyy
    October 12, 2014

    Really was rather boring.

  70. Kevin
    October 12, 2014

    Very touching although manic. I don’t want to communicate this as negative. It is just that I feel there is so much more depth to this story……and it left me yearning for more. Would you consider doing a slower and in depth tribute as I sense this story is important and again, it left me truly yearning for more.

  71. Char Solomon
    October 12, 2014

    As the biographer of an extraordinary woman archaeologist, I was amazed by how much you conveyed of your grandmother’s life in such a short film. Quite beautiful and moving.

  72. spilios spiliopoulos
    October 12, 2014

    so emotional..really very exceptional..and very sensitive!!!

  73. Tom
    October 12, 2014

    I lost my Grandma at age 15. AT age 30 I discovered how much I missed her and all the little bits of wisdom she imparted to me before she died. This piece helps bring it all back…

  74. Kay
    October 12, 2014

    Everyone should be so lucky, to have such a loving granddaughter.

  75. roger
    October 12, 2014

    very well created

  76. Ulhas
    October 12, 2014

    Kind of Tantrik art on left hand and a cross on right gave the feeling of East meets West. Very interesting. Sure the movie is too.

  77. Donna Beker
    October 12, 2014

    Brilliant. A moving tribute to a grandmother who was obviously well loved.

  78. Michelle
    October 12, 2014

    Lovely testimonial to your Gan-Gan! I felt I was touched by two remarkable women watching the film, her life remembered and yours paying tribute to hers.

  79. Leah Mason
    October 12, 2014

    Memories are so touching, they linger in our hearts. Wonderful!

  80. susan urmey
    October 12, 2014

    Lovely makes me wish I had done that with both my grandmothers while my parents could also share info with me.

  81. Ted Erikson
    October 12, 2014

    Great contrast with looking at contents of my son, @ 29, dying leaving me @ 86.

  82. Michael Pierce
    October 12, 2014

    A beautiful, unique tribute. I wish that I had your gift for storytelling and artistic talent.

  83. Lisa
    October 12, 2014

    Lovely. I called my great-grandmother “gran-gran”. I suppose it could have come from “grand-grandmother”.

  84. Denell Broncho
    October 12, 2014

    Wonderful, endearing, irreplaceable memories captured. Touched my heart as I conjured up memories of my two grandmas. Thank you!

  85. Gill
    October 12, 2014

    Thank you, Gemma, every human being deserves to be honoured for who they were in this world in such a way. Thank you for sharing how you’ve done this for such a special lady, may others be inspired to do it too. God bless you.

  86. Max Montero Van Rysselberghe
    October 12, 2014

    Historia personal muy emotiva e interesante como todo lo que trae Nat.Geo

  87. Ann
    October 12, 2014

    A wonderful tribute to a grandmother you must have loved very much. Enjoy your memories.

  88. Jean Reinhardt
    October 12, 2014

    Gemma, your video made me cry
    nostalgic and happy tears. I love it. Thanks you so much for sharing it. Your grandmother will never be forgotten.

  89. Marty
    October 12, 2014

    Made my Sunday and bought back joyous memories of my Nana..

  90. Claire
    October 12, 2014

    Oh Gemma this is so beautiful! I relate 100% as I too have possessions of my son since his death 3 years ago, and often have similar thoughts about his loss. Your grandmother would be so proud of you and very happy!

  91. Sue Hall
    October 12, 2014

    I volunteer at a thrift store and find it strange the things people discard as trash. Family photos, war medals and such are thrown away like rubbish. The things that help us understand who we are and where we came from end up in a landfill. Sad!

  92. Michelle
    October 12, 2014

    I’ve often thought about what our stuff says about us and our lives once we’re gone. How nice that you put it all together for your grandma in such a nice way.

  93. Rebecca
    October 12, 2014

    What a wonderful soul! Thank you for sharing her with the world !

  94. paola ghisalberti
    October 12, 2014

    thanks for sharing Gemma! That’s really precious, and makes me want to know your GanGan better! Beautiful work of art, keep it up please! all my warmest wishes for a rich life, sincerely paola

  95. Cesar Castro
    October 12, 2014

    I also had a strong grandma who grown me. Your story made me sob. Thank you. Deep memories.

  96. Linda
    October 12, 2014

    So deep and light hearted at the same time. It also inspired me to make a memory mixed media journal of my mothers life. Thank you for sharing this beautiful time capsule.

  97. Simon
    October 12, 2014

    Lovely sentiment Gemma, your film reminded me so much of my Great Aunt Muriel who died in 1999 and left us a great legacy. I wish I could do something like you have done. I am very touched by the memories your film has evoked. Thank you so much.

  98. Vibhakar Roy
    October 12, 2014

    Nice………………………………..

  99. Audra Thompson
    October 12, 2014

    Lovely. Thank you for helping me to remember the endearing bits and pieces of my grandparents’ lives.

  100. Adi
    October 12, 2014

    wonderful, reminds me of when my sister and I shared cleaning out my Moms home after 92 years of living. Those memories and now GanGan s will stay with me to enrich our lives

  101. Sharon
    October 12, 2014

    Lovely tribute to your Gan Gan. Brought me to tears thinking of my own.

  102. Dino
    October 12, 2014

    Very sweet.

  103. Robert Feierbach
    October 12, 2014

    This Is an absolutely beautiful tribute to your grandmother. Thank you for sharing it!

  104. Deborah Swain Kettler
    October 12, 2014

    Your story is a blessing and an inspiration.

  105. wendy
    October 12, 2014

    What a tribute to an amazing individual. An individual by the way, that we ALL have in our lives. You do your gan gan PROUD!

  106. Jeanette Marinos
    October 12, 2014

    Seemed to be a rare woman , of strong, moral fibre, many woman of her day were such. Glad to see the grandaughter is honouring her memory.

  107. Janna Kepley
    October 12, 2014

    This was absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing it with us Ms. Green-Hope.

  108. Alfredo M Hernandez
    October 12, 2014

    My eyes moisten,my heart soften,my lips curled with a smile. Thank you for sharing a piece of your soul.

  109. Carmelita
    October 12, 2014

    This film brought me so many memories of my grandmother, her life and her influence on me as a child as well as adult.
    amazing!

  110. Art
    October 12, 2014

    Perhaps your gan gan will be amongst who those are spoken of at John 5:28 You know, you could be there to welcome her back.!.JW.ORG

  111. Richard Tremper
    October 12, 2014

    Wonderfully done and very touching. prompted me to remember my own grandmother who was much the same.

  112. Annie Sartorius
    October 12, 2014

    This was so beautiful! Thank you very much for sharing your grandmother with us. I do believe she is in heaven and my hope is that someday, this part of your Gan-Gan- namely her love of God- will also become a part of you. You have touched my heart with this beautiful tribute. Thanks again-

  113. Mireille
    October 12, 2014

    Lovely and touching, this remembrance will rest with me for some time to come. The sweet collection of objects at opening was its own poetry. Thank you.

  114. ronnie waldron
    October 12, 2014

    thanks for the memories, my mama and both of my grandma’s had so many of these characteristics and traits, I so enjoyed your trip down memory lane and it is so true, thank you.

  115. Mario Montella
    October 12, 2014

    Toccante, emozionante
    touching, emotional

  116. Lisa
    October 12, 2014

    What a delight,it reminder me of the times I spent with my own gran before she passed away. Thank you for the reminder.
    A

  117. George
    October 12, 2014

    Beautiful. Made with love.

  118. Jennifer Sertl
    October 12, 2014

    Lovely reflection. I have a vision I call 80 / 80. Documenting the lives of our mentors 80 years old +. Because this population in not digital native and often much more modest and private – we champions have a vital role to preserve the lessons and the wisdom we need to transfer to our next generation.

  119. Claudette
    October 12, 2014

    Very special. I love that Gemma appreciated her Gangan was someone with a live just as precious as her own and is keeping it alive in her own way. Thank you – that makes you special too.

  120. Lana
    October 12, 2014

    Amazing! I teach history to jr. High age students. I am always encouraging them to learn from the everyday. Thank you!

  121. Marilyn Hazelton
    October 12, 2014

    Very lovely, thank you . . . you show how memory enriches your life and show the reader/viewer a possible path. My sympathies for your loss, my admiration for your gain.

  122. shamshad khan
    October 6, 2014

    you made my day !

    This will stay with me for a long time. Thank you.

  123. Julian
    October 2, 2014

    Touching read

  124. julia
    October 1, 2014

    Beautiful, fleeting, touching.

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