I’m blessed to still have one grandmother in my life. She’s a sweet woman who successfully raised 3 children, was married to her husband for over 50 years until he passed away a few years ago, and has navigated health challenges of both her husband and herself for many years. It’s not easy growing old, but I’ve certainly learned a few lessons from her over the years.
-be patient. Whether you’re the young talking with the old or the old talking with the young, patience is a necessity. I may hear her share about the same things a few times, and she has to be patient enough with me when I don’t make the time to call her every week.
-slow is ok. I don’t think it’s always about slowing down, as much as it is being ok with taking your time in life. She still has deadlines (doctors appointments, church on Sundays) to make, and she knows to go early so she’s not rushed. I’ve learned that it’s actually ok to drive the speed limit, be early for appointments and the pleasure of sitting and enjoying life.
-never give up on life. It can’t be easy getting old, but something keeps her going. I know that it is in part because of her faith, but I also know that she’s happy to be alive and loves hearing from her sister, brothers, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. It has been challenging for all of us the past few years, but if we have learned anything from the generation who survived the Great Depression and WW2, it is that there is always hope for a better tomorrow.
This Sunday, September 11, will you join me in appreciating our grandparents? I’d love to hear about the special grandparents you’ve had in your life too, share your story below.