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Gratitude/Happiness

Happy memories and moments with grandmothers/grandchildren. Sherelle remembers at the age of nine drinking Sanka coffee, eating toast, and watching “The Price is Right” with her grandmother. This is how she learned to talk back to the television and why she still loves black coffee. This also captures opinions about what it means to live and be happy. Ways grandmothers or grandchildren teach each other how to be grateful and to express our gratitude. The joy of being with your grandmother or grandchildren. Also includes humor—stories grandmothers or grandchildren share that tickle the funny bone, conjuring laughter when remembered, or that describe things deemed inappropriate to laugh about.

TESTIMONY: SIERRA PAYTON
6 months ago

TESTIMONY: SIERRA PAYTON

“Jerome the Snowman” One of my favorite childhood memories is of my nana, Jean Daniels (February 12, 1943-), visiting me in Boston when I was little. She would come …
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TESTIMONY: LASHAWNDA PITTMAN
6 months ago

TESTIMONY: LASHAWNDA PITTMAN

“Not with my baby!”

This one is from the personal stash (Ph.D. hooding 2011). I was her baby-protected and cared for when my teenage mom had me and thought she …
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TESTIMONY: TYSHA WIGGINS
6 months ago

TESTIMONY: TYSHA WIGGINS

“Ha ha hell!”

Ruby Tyson aka Ru Pearl aka Mom Tyson (1921-2004) was no stranger to a hard life. Her mother’s blindness prompted her aunt Ma Shug to raise …
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TESTIMONY: JOSHUA WELLS
6 months ago

TESTIMONY: JOSHUA WELLS

“A Sack of Shit”

One of my favorite memories about things my grandmother Warnella Wells (1936-2013) did or said was being called “a sack of shit” by her when I …
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