that my three siblings and I would be ready for life as responsible adults.
Grandmama was a custodian at the University of Chicago. No matter how hard her days were when she came home, she made sure that we ate, bathe, studied the Bible and knew the word of God. Not even the pain she regularly suffered from arthritis changed that routine. Her faith was enough to move mountains.
There are so many great things I can say about my father. He worked hard to make sure that we had a roof over our heads and got an education. One thing I’ll never forget is how, when I would have a transportation issue, Daddy would make me watch him fix the car. He said this was something I would need to know in life, so I would not have to ask or wait for someone to take care of it for me. I’m telling you I know a few things about a car today. Thank God for my Daddy.
For years when I was a child, I remember he always told us that you reap what you sew. I did not understand then, but now I know what he meant. If you do (sew) good deeds, usually that’s what you get back — the goodness of others. I learned many lessons from my Grandmama and Daddy that influence my life today. Namely, to treat people as I want to be treated, how to be kind, and how to develop a relationship with the Lord. Above all, they taught me to appreciate what I have and not take these things for granted.
— Tammy Shaw