A year ago today, my grandma "gaga" passed away.
I am thankful that she had a sound and solid mind even up until her very last moment. Her wisdom and intelligence were profound, her independent nature was beyond powerful, her strength of self and faith in her abilities were unmeasurable, and the ways in which she used her life to improve the lives of others was just amazing. She started the first 3 bilingual schools in the LA area and did incredible things for the immigrant community. From an early ages, she saw people simply as people, recognized others' needs and fought to bring justice and love to everyone.
At her funeral, I was just dumbfounded by how many different people from different communities in Southern California were present, people who had been personally lead, cared for, and fought for by my grandmother. She created the curriculum that the now nation wide ESL program is based off of. She impacted lives for good, she loved with wisdom and honesty. And in return, people respected, admired, and genuinely loved her back as I could see through the diverse community of people gathered at her funeral a little less than a year ago.
My gaga, you are and were so incredible. You define the strength and power of a woman. You turned your own hardships into reasons to fight for the rights of others. You taught me through your example and your words how to become the person that I am today. I never doubted my value as a woman because I had you to look up to. Through your example, I could see and believe that a woman of any age, race, sexual orientation, you name it, can do anything she puts her mind to with the strength and intelligence equal to a man's.
It is an honor to be called your first grand daughter and that is a bond that can never be broken.
My gaga, I love you.
RIP Betty Seal. Aug 7, 1925-2011