SITTING IN GRANDMOTHER'S GARDEN
By Mark Anthony Hall
A Promise of Jesus:
But he shall receive a hundredfold in this time, houses, brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
I never had the chance to meet my mother’s mother; she died and passed away when my mom was only six. My mom doesn’t remember a lot about her mother. I can’t imagine how a little girl must have felt when she lost both her father and mother in the same year.
My mom has a beautiful picture of her mother sitting in a chair. From that photo I could see she was a strong woman. Her name was Ruth and my mom named one of her daughters after her. Ruth what a name! It signifies the epitome of devotion. Ruth the humble, Ruth the ever faithful, Ruth the wise!
My mom told me that her mother made a last request to her own sisters on her dying bed. She asked that after her death that her three daughters not be separated. She wanted her girls to be together and to grow up knowing each other. Upon my Grandmother Ruth’s death, my mother and her younger sister were sent to live with their grandmother in Amarillo, Texas. My mother’s oldest sister was sent to live in Chicago, IL with their aunt. In spite of my Grandmother Ruth’s request, the girls got separated . . . only for awhile.
My mom told me a lot of stories about her grandmother and how she worked with her aunt to reunite the two girls in Texas with the one girl in Illinois. The words of my dying grandmother were strong in the hearts and minds of her family. I’m so glad they had integrity and sought to honor the last wish of a lady’s life whose was taken too soon.
My mother’s aunt Iola traveled to Texas and brought my mother and her baby sister back to Chicago with her. The wish of my grandmother Ruth was fulfilled and the girls grew up knowing each other. I look at my Grandmother Ruth’s picture from time to time, just wishing I could’ve had a chance to know her.