Embracing our Grandmothers

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Our society needs to re-evaluate how the elderly are treated. So much untapped wisdom and experience that is lost all to soon.

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Poh PohI did not know my maternal grandmother well. Come to think of it, I did not know any of my grandparents well. Both my grandfathers died when I was young, and language barriers kept me from conversing with my paternal grandmother, even though she was present throughout most of my life.

My mother’s mother, Poh Poh as I would call her, came into my life in the early 90s. She followed the path set by my two uncles as they both brought their families to Canada from Hong Kong. Until that point, I had no relationship with Poh Poh, and not much of one there after.

Again, language barriers did not help. I with my broken Cantonese could barely string together a sentence and she could hardly speak a word of English. But language was not the sole barrier. She treated my brothers and I like someone else’s…

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I have just completed graduate studies at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio in art therapy and counseling. My goal is to create a community space where creativity can merge with nature. Our society is in need of a re-connection to the arts and nature. A creative and loving approach can change the world. It is hard to believe but two years have gone by since originally posting the above comment. It still holds true...this vision...time to take action and see the possibilities become a reality. Yesterday, I attended the SBA workshop at Firelands College with Rep. Marcy Kaptur hosting the event. She is such an inspiration and shared some great business ideas with me. I'll write more on this as it unfolds. I am looking forward to going to South Dakota next month with a group of art therapists from Ursuline College. We will be working with the Lakota-Sioux children. This has been a dream and now it is a reality. Keep focused on what you want and take small action steps toward your goal. Anything is possible.

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