My Turn – Grandma is backbone of chased dreams

When I reach my 80s, I want to be a live wire just like my grandma. You can't keep her down for anything between her zumba and ballroom dance classes to her Spanish soap operas.

She's been one of my favorite people in the world since childhood and I love everything about her. She smells like lavender, Chanel perfume and the aroma of Peruvian cooking from the kitchen.

Her 10-minute speeches at things as small as a dinner and as big as my graduations have always been inspirational. She's also hilarious.

I took her and my other grandmother to the movies to see the Muppets and during a bathroom trip, she tried to convince my other grandma to escape with her and go shopping in the mall the theater was connected to, but my other grandma told on her. She said I was being too strict with them that day.

But jokes aside, I felt she's taught me well and has been the backbone of the dreams I've been chasing because she came here from Peru to have a better life and all she wants is the best for us. Her prayers have always been strong too.

Most people around town know about my affection for both of my grandmothers, but I'm especially excited to see my mom's mom this weekend for another family visit here in New Mexico. I just don't know if Portales is ready for her crazy antics.

Christina Calloway writes for Clovis Media Inc.

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