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November 18, 2008

My hero is Rose. 

Rose has seven grandchildren, her “grandbabies,” whom she is raising on her own.  She lives 1.5 miles from Chief Dull Knife College, to which she walks every day, with a limp, to attend classes and study in the Learning Center. 

A few years ago, one of Rose’s grandbabies was kidnapped by her mother and father, who didn’t know how to take care of her.  Rose fought for three years to bring her back under her wing.  Every night, Rose cooks from scratch for her “army” so that they’ll grow up healthy and strong.  Occasionally, her eldest grandbaby, a grandson, cooks Hamburger Helper for the other children when Rose has an evening class.  She doesn’t allow her grandkids to watch television, although a Disney movie is allowed now and then; instead, she encourages them to play outside and furnishes them with pencils, crayons, and paper to foster their creativity. 

When Rose missed a week of school earlier in the semester due to the death of a grandson (actually her sister’s grandson, but in the Cheyenne way, just as much a grandson as her own), she spent a week straight in the Learning Center making up her work.  She never complained, never made excuses; rather, she kept a smile on her face and cheer in her voice when she spoke of her courses and assignments. 

When I asked what she plans to do when she graduates from Chief Dull Knife College, Rose responded that she plans to hang her diploma on her wall and smile at it.


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  1. It’s so refreshing to hear of someone who does not make excuses, just get things done. Not depend on others either to make excuses or exceptions for her. So many people look for excuses and take the easy way out. It’s obvious Rose is a rare find in today’s world. To have the energy to raise all those grandbabies–without television as a babysitter is admirable. I admire her drive to get a degree for the pride the degree will bring to herself and not as a way to a paycheck is such a refreshing outlook on education. She is proud of the accomplishment in and of itself for herself. In the process she is setting a wonderful example for all those grandbabies, too. Thanks for introducing Rose to us, Cori.

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