My dad’s mother could be best described as a “character.” Sure, she did some of the stereotypical grandmother things: bake, dote on her grandchildren, wear a little too much perfume. But, she also jetted around in a convertible, ate cake for breakfast, and appreciated a stiff drink. She certainly embraced the motto: live, love, laugh, and be happy . Around the time I was entering middle school, she lived with us briefly, allowing me to learn a few important life lessons that I still hold onto today:
On a rainy summer day, I made the mistake of dramatically sighing and telling Grandma that I was bored. “Well, then you’re boring.” My mouth fell agape — how dare she call me boring? “You can read a book. You can watch a movie. You can play a game. There are so many things you can do. Use your mind,” she went on. I pouted… but then curled up with my favorite book of poetry. Suddenly I found myself not so bored, after all.
During thunderstorms, Grandma would situate herself in our screened-in porch to watch the lightening crash and listen to the wind whirl ferociously around her. She would sit with a serene smile on her face as I stared at her from the other side of the door wondering why she wouldn’t just come back inside already. She approached metaphorical stormy situations the same way: calmly, cooly, and filled with the wisdom that it would eventually pass.
Baked a cake the night before for company? Well, its leftovers will make a great breakfast (I mean, when you think about it, how different is it from a frosted doughnut?). Craving an ice cream float, but dinner is in the oven? Just consider it an aperitif. Life is short, so enjoy a little whimsy when you can sneak it in.
This was one message she was constantly trying to ingrain into my 12-year-old brain — and she meant it in all aspects of life: food, friends, career, romance, etc. If I was going to eat chocolate, she suggested I try the richest, most delicious one I could find. When it came to friends, I should make sure they provide happiness and never try to take it away. And, marriage? Don’t even think about it until I find someone who’s going to adore me for the person I am and treat me with the respect I deserve.
Now that she’s gone, I hold these lessons close to my chest. And, don’t worry — I didn’t settle. My husband will be the first one to confirm that he’s a catch.
xo ~ Cassie
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