It’s funny sometimes when I hear people talk about how amazing my grandmother was, and how much of an impact she and her music has had to people all over the world. At twelve years old, mostly what I remember about her is how awesome she was and how much she made me laugh.
Sometimes when I am alone in my room, I can still smell her perfume. If I get scared or lonely sometimes I can feel her hugging me. My mom and Dad always tell me how much we have in common. Some small things like, how much I love spicy food, jewelry and chocolate! Some big things too, like how shy she really was and that helps me not to feel so shy myself. My mom always says that when God gives you so many big gifts, they come with responsibilities. I hadn’t really thought about it like that but I am starting to understand what that means.
Grandma was a classical pianist, singer, poet and so much more. I guess that’s why she was always so busy trying to help other people find their gifts. When my mom was on the road performing, she would carry me everywhere with her. She even brought me out on stage to sing with her, just like Grandma did with her. I wonder if she was as nervous as I was when that happened to her. I guess sometimes I forget how special it is to be the only grand daughter of what people call a legend. To be honest, it feels like normal to me.
The world knew her as Nina Simone: The Legend, but all I know is when I think about her, the first thing that comes to my mind is…Love. That is what she gave to me, and everyone else. If that is what a legend is, then that’s what I want to become. I don’t think it matters that much if you are famous or your family is famous. I think the love part is the most important because that what I remember more than anything. That’s what makes me smile when I think about her or sing along to some of her songs. That’s the part that makes me want to make her proud of me and that’s the part that makes me the most proud to be her grand daughter.