Detail from "I Loved Her" by Sherry Ansloos (Pemmican Publications)
Our elders deposit richness in our lives. They serve to fill our emotional gas tanks and impart a piece of themselves deep within us. I have been fortunate to have grandmothers in my life. They are the treasure I keep in my heart.
—Shezza Ansloos, author
I Loved Her is a story many of us can relate to. It reminds us of the special bond that we often form with our grandparents.
This children's book was written by Shezza Ansloos of Winnipeg. As a young Métis girl, her grandmother meant the world to her.
I Loved Her is a tribute to that closeness - something she calls 'The Treasure of Grandmothers'.
SCENE asked Shezza Ansloos to describe that bond.
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It has been said, that diamonds are the key to a girls' heart. If you are five years old, diamonds don't mean much, but Grandmas are a girl's best friend. That was my experience.
My earliest recollection of my fine English great grandmother was sitting in her parlor, nibbling biscuits and drinking tea out of china cups. She was known as Gramma Great, and great she was in my eyes.
I had another great grandmother. Oma was a feisty little lady. She had a lovely German accent and said things in her first language whenever children were naughty. I remember that she loved flowers and there was something quiet and peaceful about visiting her.
My maternal grandmother was known as Gramma, and when her grandchildren were lanky teenagers, we affectionately called her Yoda.
I still remember when I introduced my fiancé to her. She told him that she wanted to introduce him to two of her friends. She then proceeded to make a fist in dramatic fashion with her right hand and raise it up to him saying, "This is hospital, "and then raising the left, "This is sudden death."
My fiancé thought twice about crossing this petite woman with a huge sense of humor and a zest for life.