It was Keiko’s dream as a child to create a world without hunger so that no child goes to bed hungry. After serving in the United Nations World Food Programme for more than 25 years, Keiko is embarking on a new adventure with the publication of this book which allows her to heal the world, not by millions while working for WFP, but one little wave at a time. Keiko is from Japan and studied for advanced degrees while in Mexico and the United Kingdom. She has worked in Japan, Italy, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Kyrgyz Republic. She and her husband, Hiro Izushi, have one beloved son, Keiichi.
Co-Creator Paula Henstridge Paula has believed in the power of words since her parents and older siblings wove tapestries of magical places and wondrous adventures through the stories and poems they read to her as a little girl. She holds a degree in English and, like Keiko, she has enjoyed a 40-year career in service to people, working to ensure a healthy and abundant food supply for people in America and around the world. She shares Keiko’s hope that these stories will touch readers’ hearts and allow their memories to take flight. Paula is a native of Virginia where she lives with her “gran amor,” her husband, Jose. Together they enjoy travel and exploration and the pleasures of family, including their siblings, nieces and nephews, and the children, and grandchildren that brighten their world.
This is a collection of memories and stories from the heart about people who hold a special place in the world and in our hearts: grandmothers. We were inspired to share these stories because of the huge impact our grandmothers had in our lives. They gave us a sense of peace, safety, strength, and unconditional love. We are allowed to be whoever we want to be when we are living in our grandmothers’ world. These stories evoke cultures and images from around the world, from warm Caribbean breezes to small town America, to the South of France, to former Soviet countries, and to vibrant Asian villages. It is our hope that they will carry you back in time to your own cherished memories of your grandmother or other loved ones who sustained and strengthened you in your childhood and still have an impact on your life. Maybe this collection of stories will help you embrace old memories and recreate that sense of safety and strength so you can take a little step into a future you may only have imagined when you were in the encircling arms of your special loved ones. We hope that by sharing our grandmothers with you, their legacies will live on and they will touch your lives with love, too.