7.8.12

To My Grandmother.

 
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

11 comments:

Eartha Kitsch said...

She sounded like a truly amazing woman and role model. If we can say that we made a difference in this world when we go, then that's saying a lot. And she made such a huge difference in so many peoples' lives. More than she ever knew, I'm sure. And those people will keep passing that on down to their families and neighbors. She blessed the world.

kelly ann said...

Holding you in my heart today, my friend. Your grandmother's hard work, compassion, and love will live on and will continue to change and shape lives forever... what an amazing legacy to leave behind. She loved others in a way that I wish everyone could love. Wholeheartedly. Unconditionally. Without judgment. If we all loved like she did, I can only imagine the change that would occur in the world.

What a beautiful soul. I see her strength and compassion in YOU. <3

Stephanie said...

Your grandma sounds like a great woman :) May she rest in peace.

Nessbow said...

Thinking of you, sweetheart. Thankyou so much for sharing this. She sounds like an incredible person, and so many people were truly lucky to have known her. Best wishes during this tough time.

Christopher Seal said...

The photo is of you and Gaga at a train platform in Wales.

Pamela Bates said...

beautiful post and tribute to your gram.

Moorea Seal said...

Thank you so much. I really appreciate your words :)

Moorea Seal said...

Thank you so much Kelly Ann. She was an incredible woman and I hope I can always remember to lead like her. <3

Moorea Seal said...

Thank you Stephanie <3 She truly was incredible.

Moorea Seal said...

Thank you.<3

Moorea Seal said...

Thank you Pamela. She was a special woman!