My Maternal Grandmother, Granny, took care of me during the day, before I entered Kindergarten, while my parents were at work. Her first and middle names was Anna Mae. And that’s the way you said it, all together Anna Mae. Since I spent so much time with her a lot of her friends and other people in the community identified me with her very closely. I also favor her a great deal. You can see a picture of the two of us on my homepage.
When I was older and able to move about the city by myself, I would often hear the question, “Aren’t you Anna Mae’s Grandbaby?” I would answer in the affirmative and hope that I was honoring her legacy. I often wondered, “How in the world did all these random people know who I was?” This was many years before social media. Later on I found out that she would show my picture (and my sisters and cousin, and much later our children) to any and everyone that she could. She bragged on us constantly. I have another story about that, but I’ll save it for another day and another post.
Granny has passed on now, however she is never far from my thoughts. She loved me unconditionally and fiercely until her last breath. I miss her so much. As I write this I can’t stop the tears from falling. However, I am so blessed to have had her in my life. Her legacy lives on in me and the rest of my family.