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Claire talking WM sense.

Idon't send my grandmother a card on Mothering Sunday. I think secretly she'd like one; in fact, scrap that, secretly's not the word.

That's one of the things I love about my grandmother - she says it like it is and isn't afraid to get to the point.

Like recently, my mum and I picked her up for lunch and the first thing she said to me was, "What have you done to your face?" I'd gone a bit like the ginger one from Girls Aloud - my foundation was too white and with my red lipstick it was terrifying her and she told me so throughout the meal.

My grandmother on the other side was just as direct - one year's unfortunate school photo led her friends to think she had two grandsons, apparently.

As she put it: "Wear your hair down next time, Claire".

In my experience, they can cut you to the quick with their often hilariously no-nonsense comments, but it's just one of the reasons why we love them.

Many of us have or have had amazing grandmas, and that's why we've asked Welsh women to celebrate theirs today.

Grandmothers are like mums with more sweets and less responsibility; theirs can be less intense than the mother/daughter relationship but just as rewarding.

Like the women we've spoken to opposite, I've been inspired by my glam and wonderful grandmothers' attitudes to life.

Gaga, as we call her (my cousin couldn't pronounce Grandma and the rest of us followed suit) has overcome a lot in her time and can still laugh wildly about it. I'm lucky enough to be able to say she was a big part of my childhood and she's never seemed old to me and I look up to her.

She's an artist, and has impeccable standards like most women of her generation.

a less intense relationship the with Her home, with anabundance of Elemis in the bathroom and fluffy towels in the guest bedroom, is like a cosy hotel - everything served in white china, wine in decanters and milk in cute jugs - even if she's dining alone. I've started to try and emulate her - the food at my dinner parties may be awful but at least the ketchup is in ramekins.

mum Grandma, on the other side, was also pretty fabulous.

At her funeral, the vicar said she never belonged to the 'tut tut brigade' and that's always stuck with me.

She was classy, caring, and refused to gossip. She also laughed constantly, and didn't have much patience for anyone who didn't share her sunny demeanour, and I wish I'd spent more time with her.

So now we've given our brilliant mums a pat on the back on Mother's Day, let's take a moment to appreciate our grandmothers, whether they're still with us or not.

If we're lucky, we have a lot to live up to.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 16, 2010
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