|Mother with my maternal grandparents c. 1920 - the roots of my own grandmotherly wisdom|
Grandmothers impart wisdom. It's what we do. And all you need to do is ask for a serving of it. We're so generous, in fact, that some of us (Who, me?) might even throw in an occasional freebie - sage advice you didn't ask for! In any event, we've got it, you need it, and we're willing to surrender it. We've been around awhile, you know, so most of this gurgling font of knowledge comes from simply having lived longer than you have. We've been in love, seen prayers answered, argued with neighbors....We know how to roast a turkey, where to plant tulip bulbs, and when to stay and fight or simply let it go. Ask us for examples of "this too shall pass," and we'll keep you here for a week, raptly perched at the edge of your seat, hungry to hear more and more and more.....
Now, I'm not saying you won't find an occasional missing page in the encyclopedia of life commonly known as "wisdom from grandma." Alas, those do exist. And where do I go when I need a patching and mending of the gaping holes in my own fabric of information, inspiration, and encouragement? Well, to other grandmothers, of course! And more specifically, to other grandmothers who blog!
Its been my pleasure to be included in a bond of grandmother bloggers who contribute toward a goal of strengthening families through a sharing of information and ideas. Each author named below is a fellow proud member of the GRANDparent network.
2. It made sense to me, a college art student, to learn that Roman senators sought to appear experienced and wise by insisting wrinkles be carved into their marble busts. Leslie Zinberg and Kay Ziplow, bloggers at GrandparentLink, astutely note that aging today doesn't enjoy the same prestige it once did - but that doesn't have to slow you down or initiate a "poor old me" attitude.
Wise women embrace this stage of life, heeding advice to "get rid of anyone who uses the words: can't, never, or won't!" This essay, "Where Did That Little Gray Hair Come From?" will make you want to toss your figurative cane aside and jump right back into life!
Here's a honey of a treatise on how some people might just be born happy, while others may have to work at it. To this excellent advice, I add a well practiced tip of my own: "Make a two-column list of what's good in your life versus what's bad. Come back and show me only if the bad stuff is lengthier than the good." I've counseled this one to whiners for years and have yet to see a returnee - myself included!
Here's where you'll delight in the classy way she wears her crown!
here, at Lisa Carpenter's Grandma's Briefs, where "The Grandma In A Box" resides, beckoning you to return again and again, like I do, for multiple re-readings of this splendidly sympathetic and thought-provoking essay!
it is great to know our rootsReplyDelete
Getting advice from Grandma's is one of best things a child can do! Love it when my grands and own children call me for it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.ReplyDelete
you all...you, daughters, grandgirls...look so much like your mama!ReplyDelete
Very sage advice. I'm eagerly awaiting the birth of my first grandchild in the next 10 days...so it's always great to learn from a seasoned grandma like yourself! I'll be going to the other blogs you mentioned to read their posts too, thanks J.ReplyDelete
Grandmothers are wonderful things. I loved mine so munch and my children love theirs tooReplyDelete
Lots of good information there - thanks for sharing - but I do have to tell you - my all-time-evermore-without fail favorite is yours - always and forever. You've got this grandma thing down pat - and thanks for taking us along.ReplyDelete
Anything worth knowing can be found on a Grandma blog! Love you!ReplyDelete
Looks like you are not only surrounded by a loving family but a community of caring grandma bloggers. :-)ReplyDelete
Thank you so, so much for sharing my post, Joyce. I'm honored to be included here with all the other fabulous grandmas on your fabulous site. Hugs, hugs, HUGS to you! ♥ReplyDelete
How fitting that this is the post I landed on after just sharing a photo of my Nana (and Gamp!). It was wonderful hearing from you!ReplyDelete
Good morning Joyce, Thank you for sharing this wonderful list. I wasn't aware of most of these great bloggers, but will be checking out each one of them! TeresaReplyDelete
What a wonderful post. Family roots are so important. I can only imagine all of the special stories your grandchildren will remember and pass on.ReplyDelete
You're so right, we are generous for throwing in a freebie, although I've found out that a lot of times my freebies aren't wanted :) Love the old family photo! I'm "friends" with Donne, Teresa, and Lisa - will have to check out the others, we grandmothers have to stick together! Thanks Joyce from Grammy Dee, #WednesdayAIM #LinkUp #BlogParty, social media shared.ReplyDelete