Learning to Give: A Story of a Grandmother’s Love

I want to share how Grandmother’s Love taught me how to help others less fortunate than myself.

For as long as I can remember, my grandmother has been the most kind and compassionate person I know. She has always taught me the importance of giving to others, even when it is difficult.

When I was a little girl, my grandmother would take me to deliver food parcels to our neighbours and older adults in the village. She would always say, “For God knows it is good to give; We may not have so long to live, So if we can, let’s do each day a kindly deed and stretch a hand to those in need, Bird, beast or man.”

I remember how much I loved going with my grandmother on her deliveries. I loved seeing the happy look on people’s faces when they received her food parcels. And I loved knowing that I was doing something good to help others.

One day, we went to deliver food to an older woman who lived in a small cottage on the edge of the village. She was penniless and had no family. When we arrived, she was sitting on her porch, looking sad.

My grandmother greeted her warmly and handed her the food parcel. The old woman’s eyes widened in surprise. “Oh, thank you so much,” she said. “I didn’t know what I was going to do tonight.”

We sat on the porch and talked with the older woman. She told us about her life and how she had lost her husband and children many years ago. She said she was very lonely and didn’t have many friends.

My grandmother listened patiently to the old woman’s story. When she was finished, my grandmother said, “You’re not alone. We’re your friends. And we’re here to help you.”

My grandmother and I visited the old woman every week after that. We would bring her food and other supplies. And we would sit and talk with her. The old woman loved our visits. She would always say that we made her feel less lonely.

One day, my grandmother and I visited the older woman and found her lying in bed, looking weak. She told us that she was sick and that she didn’t think she was going to get better.

My grandmother sat on the bed and held the older woman’s hand. She said, “We’re going to take care of you. You’re not going to be alone.”

My grandmother and I took turns taking care of the older woman. We cooked for her, gave her medicine, and kept her company.

One day, the older woman passed away peacefully in her sleep. My grandmother and I were very sad, but we knew that she was finally at peace.

I’m so grateful for my grandmother’s love and kindness. She taught me that giving to others is one of the most essential things in life. She also taught me that even the smallest act of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s life.

Conclusion: Learning to Give: A Story of a Grandmother’s Love

My grandmother’s spirit of selfless giving continues to inspire me every day. Her legacy lives on in the kindness I strive to show others and the lessons I pass on to the next generation, especially at Avondale Primary School Darwen. While the older woman may be gone, her grateful smile remains etched in my memory, a constant reminder of the ripple effect of even the most minor acts of compassion.

Debbie Wright
Pupil Wellbeing Co-ordinator
Avondale Primary School, Darwen.

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