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Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILYTIME -

“The best part of be­ing a grand­par­ent is the sat­is­fac­tion that a grow­ing fam­ily brings, par­tic­u­larly with our four grand­chil­dren – Eli­jah, Joshua, Ria and Zion, who by their age and out­look bring an en­tirely new and ex­cit­ing di­men­sion to our lives.

“The most im­por­tant les­son I would like to pass on to them is that life will al­ways re­ward work and in­tegrity, and that it is the ca­pac­ity to love that most en­riches life.”

Arnold: “Un­for­tu­nately, I never knew my grand­par­ents, but I’ve seized ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to learn ev­ery­thing about them.”

Claire: “I knew my grand­mother on my mother’s side much bet­ter than my grand­fa­ther, as he died when I was maybe three years old. My grand­mother, Baba, was spe­cial ... she made the sim­plest meal taste won­der­ful, so go­ing to her house was a treat. Although very strict, she had kind eyes and was a lov­ing per­son whose home was al­ways wel­com­ing. My grand­par­ents on my fa­ther’s side died long be­fore I was born.”

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Au­thor Arnold Ber­tram poses with his grand­sons, Eli­jah Levy (left) and Joshua Ber­tram. Arnold Ber­tram with his two grand­daugh­ters, Zion (left)and Ria.

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