Writing Prompt #10: “30 Day Writing Challenge” (Day 4)

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Here’s the list!

  1. List 10 things that make you happy
  2. Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot
  3. What are your top 3 pet peeves
  4. Write about someone who inspires you
  5. List 5 places you want to visit
  6. 5 wins to your heart
  7. List 10 songs you’re loving right now
  8. Something you struggle with
  9. Post some words of wisdom that speak to you
  10. Write about something for which you feel strongly
  11. Something you always think “what if…” about
  12. Write about 5 blessings in your life
  13. What are you excited about
  14. Post your favorite movies that you never get tired of watching
  15. Bullet-point your whole day
  16. Something that you miss
  17. Post about your zodiac sign, and whether or not it fits you
  18. Post 30 facts about yourself
  19. Discuss your first love
  20. Post about three celebrity crushes
  21. What are 3 lessons you want your children to learn from you
  22. Put your music on shuffle and post the first 10 songs
  23. A letter to someone, anyone
  24. What about a lesson you’ve learned the hard way
  25. Think of any word. Search it on Google images. Write something inspired by the 11th image
  26. Write about an area in your life you’d like to improve
  27. Conversely, write about something that’s kicking ass right now
  28. Post 5 things that make you laugh-out-loud
  29. What are your goals for the next 30 days
  30. Your highs and lows for the month

Write about someone who inspires you

My Grandma Grace was my mom’s mom. I’ll admit, she was my favorite grandparent. I was fortunate enough to have all four of my grandparents until the age of 20, which is exceedingly rare among my age group.

Born in 1917, she survived the Great Depression in Ripley, West Virginia. Her mother was Laura Bethany Powers (My namesake), and Grandma’s childhood was shaped by farming, gardening, cooking, grit, perseverance, and determination. She went to college in Ohio and earned a degree in Social Work.

She married my Grandpa Madan in June 1944, just before D-Day. My Grandpa was in the Army, and they married on the Army base right before he left for Europe.

After the war ended, she struggled to get pregnant. She ended taking DES in the belief that it would prevent miscarriages and other complications. At the beginning of the fifties, my Uncle Richard was born first, and then my mom came along two years later.

My head is full of stories of their adventures in Kendall, Florida. She was a devoted wife and mother while my grandpa owned furniture stores and other businesses. They had many animals, and traveled extensively. They were faithful Christians, volunteers, and wonderful friends to almost everyone.

Because Grandma took DES, my mom had immense trouble having children. My mom endured three miscarriages and other medical issues before I was born prematurely. I ended up being the only grandchild. Grandma was 71 when I born, but was an amazing grandmother from the very start.

She taught me so many things:

  • Cooking – I can almost taste her leg of lamb every Easter.
  • Keeping a beautiful house – The two houses they owned in Coral Gables were always immaculately decorated!
  • A love of traveling – She and Grandpa cruised all over the world!
  • Patience
  • A love of reading, newspapers, libraries, and bookstores.
  • Sets of dishes / china are practical, but also collectible.
  • How to play Scrabble and complete the hardest crossword puzzles.
  • Frozen Oreos are the best Oreos.
  • Keeping the faith.
  • Calling family and friends on the phone on a regular basis.
  • Getting old with grace, peace, and acceptance.

Grandpa, the first of my grandparents to leave this world, passed away on August 25, 2008. Although sad, Grandma Grace was incredibly strong and forgiving. She endured multiple estate sales, and the eventual sale of the home they shared for nearly 10 years on Palmarito Street. After the house sold, she moved in with my Uncle Richard, who only lives a few miles away in Miami.

She passed away peacefully on July 31, 2013, at the age of 96.

Next July marks what would have been her 100th birthday.

I want to do something special then.


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

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31 thoughts on “Writing Prompt #10: “30 Day Writing Challenge” (Day 4)

  1. The more I read about you, the more I feel this connection to you. ( sorry, I’m not sure how to word that without sounding creepy! Ha ha.) We just have so much in common from taste in movies to some of the same pet peeves, & now I’ve learned that we both adored our grandmothers, & that our maternal grandmother was our favorite!! I was not as fortunate though, I never knew my grandfathers, & my mom’s mom passed away when I was a child, but I adored her, & I still do. I’ve been told by family members that I’m a lot like her, & that she passed down many of her traits to me! I have no doubt that had she lived long enough, she would have taught me many of the same things your grandma taught you!! Here’s to wonderful grandma’s!!

    • It’s not creepy, at all! I think it’s amazing! I saw the pictures you posted on Facebook – There is an amazing resemblance. Here’s to wonderful grandparents! Thank you for reading, and commenting!

  2. Grandparent’s are special!

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