GRAND Magazine - May/June 2013 - (Page 54-55)

grand memories & moments It’s a wonderful life BY Jana GurleY R ecently, my husband’s grandmother faced a access to and from the home. My brother-in-law and problem many Americans today are facing: his wife moved into the master bedroom. foreclosure. Grandma is a 79-year-old widow The next issue was my niece’s allergy to Grandma’s who lives on a modest fixed income. When the family’s indoor cat. Grandma didn’t want her granddaughter chicken and pig farming business went south, so did to suffer, but she didn’t want to lose her cat, either. Grandma’s ability to pay the farm loans for which her So the cat came to live with us, where Grandma visits home of 50 years was collateral. him frequently. Our family worked together to find a solution. My The other concern was that Grandma stayed alone husband and I bought Grandma’s property. My broth- in her room, reading and watching TV all day, not er-in-law and his family moved into the house with taking part in family conversations or dinner. Grand- Grandma and pay us rent, which covers the mortgage. ma finally confessed that she did not want to intrude It took some serious soul-searching and budget-balanc- on their lives. My brother-in-law assured her, “Part ing, but it was the right thing to do. of the reason we moved here is because we wanted Of course, there were a few adjustments. The first to help you, but we also wanted to spend time with was rearranging the living space. Grandma moved into you.” Once Grandma realized she was not imposing, a larger room that was once a den, where she has a she started having dinner and socializing with the sleeping area, a sitting area for visitors, and a door for family. Now, Grandma says she has “such a wonderful life” Jana Gurley lives in north carolina with her husband, shawn, and their children. she enjoys writing short stories, freelance articles, and poetry. because she gets to stay in her home, doesn’t have to worry about a mortgage, and can be with her grandchildren daily. Since someone is with her most of the time, we worry less and enjoy her more. It’s a win-win * Grandma with granddaughter Betty Share your grand memories & moments we invite you to submit your personal stories about your grandparent(s) or grandchildren (300–400 words) for publication consideration in Grand Magazine or situation that has drawn our family even closer. 54 GRAND MAY JUNE 2013 MAY JUNE 2013 GRAND 55

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - May/June 2013

GRAND Magazine - May/June 2013
Slaying Dragons
You’ve Come a Long Way, Granny
Electrical Safety
Let’s Pretend
The Grandest Gift
Born Free’s Virginia McKenna
My Aging Brain
Judy Cockerton: Foster parent and innovator
10 Best Story Books for Babies & Toddlers
Grand Expectations
Fun Toys for Kids of All Ages
Annuities Simplified
News, Products, Tips, and Resources for Today’s Grandparents
Sure Cure for Senior-Time Blues
It’s a Wonderful Life
When a Child Is Removed from the Parents’ Home

GRAND Magazine - May/June 2013