Grandmother taught me how love always wins
Currently, at least 3 million grandparents in the United States take care of their grandchildren. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have one grandmother with whom I was very close. The other three grandparents in my life were deceased by the time I came along. How very much I was influenced by my grandmother when I was a young child.
I thought it was a very innocent question when I asked my grandmother how she fell in love with my grandfather. She sat me down and said “first of all I will tell you about your great-grandfather. Your great-grandfather was a member of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), not only a member, but an elder. When I met his son I asked that in order for us to continue our relationship his father had to leave the Klan for good. And he did.” Many years later when her father-in-law died, the Klan showed up in her front yard to pay their respects. She stood there on her front porch with her arms folded and said “over my dead body will you enter this house” … they all walked away.
Hopefully we all know something about our grandparents. All we know of Saint Mother Theodore‘s grandparents are their names and one tiny bit of information: we know a grandfather was a sailor. I’m grateful that Saint Mother Theodore was not alive when the KKK was established in 1865. Established or not, she was quite aware of what they stood for in her own lifetime. America’s oldest hate group is very much alive, sad to say, in 2017. Let us not forget that love is stronger than hate. Let us be people of the light!
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