Walks with Gran

She said,

“I know life gets tough.

Sometimes your best isn’t enough,

and success rides the wind like monkeys swing on vines: 

To and fro…

To and fro…”

Still choose excellence.

Choose to strive for excellence,

and do the impossible:


Life’s no crystal stair;

or a cake walk;

or a fairy tale.

But it can be a walk in the park–

A brisk one.

Sometimes at the crack of dawn just before the sun has illuminated the day,

dew kisses the Earth and the wind whispers “Grand risings!”

You may stumble through the leaves, 

or over chaotic branches, but you must keep walking.

I know the success I seek is on the road ahead,

So I choose to walk.

Walk with my head held high,

My heart content in its work.

“Don’t give up, and don’t give in, little one.

I’m walking with you.”



  1. This powerful for me. Partly because I am an immigrant, I didn’t know any of my grandparents. When read about this special relationship, it gives me something to pass on to the next gen. Thank you for that!

    1. I can’t imagine not knowing my grandparents and having that special bond with them. I am glad that I could share a piece of my experience with you.

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