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On Mother's Day, of course, we also think of our grandmas! And let two exciting women motivate us to write a declaration of love to our own grandmother!
What would our society be without the elderly? And what would we be without her life experience, her infinite patience and unconditional love? Entrepreneur Eveline Steinberger-Kern and actress Marika Lichter write letters to their wonderful grannies! Handkerchief ready to hand?
My grandma's name is Anastasia. It comes from the Greek and means "resurgence". She was born on April 29th in Upper Styria. She gave birth to 6 children, survived World War II, survived severe heart disease and buried one of her children while she was still alive. In 1986 she passed away. And despite these adversities, she had a contented and fulfilled life. She always broadcast that.
"Grandma, I miss you. Again and again. But especially now. For me you were someone who gave me the good feeling:" I'm there "." I'm there when you need someone to hold onto you; listen to you; tells you that you are doing well; just loves you. "You were grandma, friend and best buddy rolled into one.
We are having a crazy time here. One that increasingly challenges us all. To talk to you about your adventures and experiences, to feel your cheerful nature, to be infected by your confidence and to see your strong will, with which you have moved mountains, and above all this positive serenity that you exuded, especially in old age, would do me a lot now.
This super virus has changed a lot in the last year. Especially me, as a free spirit and globetrotter. But also my family and my surroundings. We should have little to no social contact. But man is a social being. This is shown by the fact that without the contact with others, after which we were born, we would not even be able to survive. But what am I telling you, who was born in the middle of the First World War and was confronted with the most terrible excesses of the Second World War and had to learn to keep herself and his loved ones alive under these inhuman conditions. Which often had to hide in the forest for days to avoid being caught by the wrong people.
It will also turn out well here and now, you would give us this confidence. You have laid the foundation for a large family that will grow and grow with your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It's often a bit chaotic. But it's good as well. We stick together. And together we will somehow manage it. The memories as I write this make me smile. It's a good feeling, as if you're here now. I think about our walks. I remember our conversations, individual sentences. I taste your apple strudel. I feel the small wound begin to heal with your prepared anika spirit. And I especially see your happy face when I and Margit come in through the door."
"Dear Grandma, I've missed you so often, although I never got to know you. When the children talked about their wonderful experiences with their grandparents in kindergarten or later at school, it always made me very sad. But when I was little, I just didn't dare ask why I didn't have grandparents. I felt the great pain this question would have caused in my parents. It wasn't until much later that I learned the truth about you and the rest of the family, none of whom survived except my mom. Fortunately, she was able to save some photos. Your name was Mariza and I am named after you. Your nickname was Mascha. I've always liked that very much. You were a very energetic woman, also a Scorpio in the zodiac sign like me and my mom often found similarities between us.
Your photo is in my bedroom. There is even a photo of you, your sister and your mother, my great-grandmother. They remind me of the stories my mom told me about you. You studied her and given her the best education. But actually everything for the purpose of finding a respectable man for her. That succeeded too! You were very humorous, practical and very direct. We are similar there! In addition, you did not shake hands with anyone. And if you had to, you can go straight to the bathroom and wash your hands. I always liked this story as a child. You must have always watched over my parents and me from above. Thanks for that! I am very happy that my son Pauli was able to spend the best childhood time with his beloved grandparents!"