Grandparents are the best thing that can happen to us in life, as they become our guardian angels. Even when our parents are upset with us, grandparents will always be there to offer us unconditional love without comparison, even when our parents are missing.
But Mrs. María Paula and her husband Esnildo, a couple of grandparents from Vila da Glória, in Sao Francisco do Sul, Brazil, have taken that love to another level, since after their daughter died terribly last May, they took care of their three grandchildren, ages one, five and seven, respectively.
A teenager helps to take care of them
With the help of their 17-year-old son, María Paula and Esnildo take care of their grandchildren despite the fact that they are both over 60 years old, a responsibility that has not been easy in recent months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To support the large family, these grandparents sell woven baskets that they themselves make with materials that they get from the forest near their home, which they take to the center of the city with the help of an old horse-drawn cart.
Doña María has made an effort to take responsibility for her grandchildren, since although her son helps her take care of them while they sell, he suffers from epilepsy, and due to constant treatment, he cannot help his parents with the baskets or work in any other way. Furthermore, with each passing day, the constant reminder of her daughter’s death is present when her grandchildren ask about her.
They try to be strong and keep them
I try not to cry in front of them, I do it very little. The seven-year-old girl is the one who asks the most about her mother, the one who misses her the most. But I will not give up my grandchildren, it is a way to continue with the dreams of my daughter, who is no longer with us.
The Razões Para Acreditar site has launched an online campaign to raise money and help this family in need. One of the goals is to be able to buy a car and finish the construction of the house where they live, so that they can continue with their sale plans and move forward.