By Rhonna Farrer
Rhonna Ferrar is a designer, teacher, and creator. Her website, Rhonna Designs, helps inspire people to discover and unlock their own creativity.
Knowing about my maternal grandmother, Velda Lindsay Garns, has helped me understand better who I am. It has taught me that, no matter the hard times, I can always look on the bright side of things and be strong. No matter who you were, after you left my Granny’s presence, she made sure of two things:
- You knew and felt that you were amazing, loved, talented, and the BEST at whatever you were pursuing.
- You had just eaten some of the most delicious food she so lovingly prepared just for you!
A Strong and Positive Woman
Growing up, I just knew Velda was the best granny out there! I loved being around her. She was always positive, no matter what. It wasn’t until I was older that I learned of the many tragedies and travesties in her life, the most traumatic being perhaps when she lost her mother at the age of 18. She had three younger siblings at home and did her best to help raise them.
I also learned of her years during the Depression when she and my grandpa moved from Park City, Utah, to Los Angeles, California, to find work. Times were tough, but they stuck by each other’s sides, singing, laughing, and setting lasting examples for their three children and 13 grandchildren.
My Granny and Me
I totally connected with Granny in a way no one else did in our family; she was 4 feet 10, and I got her height genes! I remember being younger and coming home crying because I got teased about how short I was, but my mom would cheerfully remind me that I was the same height as my awesome granny, so things must not be that bad!
I remember one time realizing, “Hey! If Granny can smile and love life being short SO CAN I!” And I’ve tried to follow in her footsteps ever since—looking on the bright side of things, helping others feel loved, and using her recipes to lovingly make delicious food for those I love.
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