About fear and the power of stories.
Almost one week has passed, and we are honored and amazed by all the fantastic support we have received from so many places around the world. No words can really be enough to thank you all for your support. But still: THANK YOU!!
It's also scary. Cause what if we don't make it? Or what if we just almost make it? But then I remember something I learnt during the distribution of Nasty Old People; When you are afraid of something, this is probably a sign of great possibilities. I choose to believe in that. And then I just received a story from one of my team members, who have worked with granniverse for several years, and I remember again what it's all about, and suddenly I'm not scared anymore.
Because the thing is, I always thought that stories have a very special power. They can open doors to new and unexplored universes. To people, to hearts, to memories. To ourselves. When I listen to other people's stories, I can suddenly discover new things about them I didn't know before. It makes me humble. And greatful. And this is the core of everything in this project. What sharing stories can do with our world. So here comes the story, which I'm deeply honored share it with you;
"This is Richard, writing on the behalf of the Granny team, and I am privileged. Both my grandmothers - aged 75 and 93 - are still in thisworld. I want to tell you the story of my older granny who, since a few months, stays at a home for old people. She just didn't manage it anymore. Alzheimers. Far gone. She hardly recognize me and she has no idea who my nine month old son is, and it breaks my heart every time I see her.
My grandmother was born in Copenhagen the year after the first world war ended. Her parents were Swedish, having had the intention to emigrate to America but they probably ran out of money in Denmark and decided to stay. Eleven days after the nazis occupied Denmark she married my grandfather They moved to Sweden when the war ended and they opened a bakery. There were always cookies and pastries at their place, and since their place was just next door to my family I'm pretty much raised on cream, butter and sugar.
I used to help my grandma with her flower garden. We were lying there on our knees, she pulled the weed out with the roots, I used scissor to just cut them off a few inches from the ground, but she never "corrected" me. I had to figure that out myself.
My grandparents have probably been my main inspiration in finding out what in life is worth pursuing. They enjoyed arts and music, I picked up the guitar and I started playing the piano. They kept a massive collection of indoor plants, knowing all their names and their history. I now have clones of many of these plants in my apartment to keep a piece of my grandparents close to my heart. The stories are unfortunately gone. I didn't care about them when I was younger and now it's too late. Grandpa died seven years ago. Grandma's mind is a blank slate when it comes to the last 30 years of her life.
We started to notice something was wrong when grandpa died. She could all of a sudden repeat a question she just had gotten the answer to. I think she realized her memory was failing since she started saying "as long as I know what my name is and where I live, everything is ok!".
It's heartbreaking to see a person you love fade away into the void of dementia. She is still the most exuberant and vivid person she always has been, singing songs and talking about the good old days, but there is a sadness in her eyes that I've never seen before. It's like she knows she is fading away.
If I could just have a real conversation with her again, where we can talk about the here and now. If she could just start another "project", like when she decided to learn how to use the computer when she was well over 80 years old. If I could only tell her how much she and granpa have meant to me and how they have shaped who I am - if only she could remember my words for at least a few minutes. But she doesn't. She just starts singing another song to my nine month old son, about a boy who goes out to get some goat's milk."
Share your story, at www.granniverse.com and include your granny in granniverse!
And once again - THANK YOU!
With lots of Love from the granny-team
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