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May 11, 2013

Column: Lessons from Grandma: a Mother’s Day tribute

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Now an 85-year-old queen and mother to all she meets, she is more determined than ever, and wouldn’t think of missing my graduation to watch me receive my diploma, an honor she never had because she didn’t go to college. Bearing her first name, Louise, as my middle name and embracing its powerful meaning, “famous warrior,” I know I’ve survived these challenging four years of studies with God’s help and her great legacy.

Though her life has been intense, Grandma still smiles and gives freely to those around her. I am so grateful to have her as a role model as I move on to life after college. Even when the going gets tough, I’ll always remember her saying, “Don’t cry about it! Just pray and have faith.” It was a seed she planted in me long ago that I hope yields good fruit.

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Alanah Percy is graduating from Gordon College with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. She was a journalism Fellow with the Gordon College News Service.

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