The lessons my grandmother taught me.

The one year anniversary of my grandmother’s death is on December 29th.  I’ve written about her before.  She was a difficult, eccentric and interesting human being. In honor of her memory here are some of the lessons she taught all of us. Read with a sense of humor!

  •   Love God.  Be loud about it.  Put bumper stickers on your car.   Don’t apologize for what you believe in, unless it’s not what my grandmother believes in.  Then be quiet.  It’s going to be very hot where you’re going.
  • Be YOU.  People will feel uncomfortable when you are just being YOU.  Do it anyway.
  • Family is everything.
  • Without your health you’ve got nothing.
  • Take vitamins.  Vitamin C and Vitamin E.  Take lots of vitamins.
  • Sing.  Sing at home.  Sing loudly in church.  SING!  People will look at you.  They’re just jealous.
  • It’s OK to wear big gold jewelry and wear hot pink, sequins or be a little flashy.  Just shine.
  • Red wine can be consumed even in your nineties.
  • Be active!  Keep moving your body.  Plant flowers.
  • Work hard.  Work harder.
  • God has given you blessings and don’t feel guilty about those blessings.
  • God is good and he wants you to be kind but not at the expense of your dignity.
  • If you are blessed, share your blessings the way YOU want to share them.  She did this up close and personal with many people and many of those efforts we disagreed with (COUGH COUGH PTL).  Share your blessings even when those you love disagree.
  • Be outspoken.  Say what you mean.  Mean what you say.
  • If it walks like a bitch and talks like a bitch…it’s a bitch.
  • Laugh out loud.  REALLY LOUD!
  • Be strong.
  • Decorate your house with joy.  If you like fake flowers in bright colors then decorate your house with fake flowers.
  • Appreciate what you have.  When I first got married my “Nannie” gave me some pots and pans that she no longer wanted, some very old china and an old rocking chair.  I cherish these items.
  • Take care of your health.  Advocate for yourself with your doctors.  Loudly.
  • Send cards to your family.  Write to them.  Put stickers on the envelopes.  One day they will be treasured.
  • Teach the next generation up until the moment you pass.

True love and immortality consists of the lessons we leave behind.  Happy  New Year everyone!  If you get anything from this post, I hope that it is to love, laugh, sing and live LOUDLY with total abandon!




3 thoughts on “The lessons my grandmother taught me.

  1. Gretchen L Meyers

    Beautify post! It made me think of the lessons my grandmother taught me. She also believed in living life loudly.

  2. Katrina

    Your grandmother was a very wise woman!!!! I didn’t get to say goodbye to mine, but I have her memories, her kind words, and like you, some pots and baking pans that look like they have been through a storm, but I love them and when I cook in them, I think of her. You are so much like your grandmother, and it is sooooooo refreshing!!!! ……. Cough, Cough PTL……lmao, I know that one for sure. Happy New Year to you and your amazing family, many blessings for this new year to come


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