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January 4, 2013

A loving grandmother and a life-changing promise

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“Keith needs help with his tuition and I don’t want him to drop out. He might never go back.”

I was too choked up to speak when she walked into my bedroom and sat down on my bed. She started to tell me about the money.

Through my tears, I hugged her tightly and told her that I loved her but that I didn’t need her money.

I made a solemn promise to her that day that I would continue to work and finish college, regardless of how long it might take.

Eight years later, when I finally graduated with a four-year degree, she was the proudest person there.

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Keith Kappes is a columnist for The Morehead (Ky.) News. Contact him at kkappes@cnhi.com.

 

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