Five on Friday: 5 Things I Learned From My Grandmother
Yesterday would’ve been my grandmother’s 71st birthday. She was an amazing woman. In January of 2010, my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. Three weeks after she was diagnosed, my grandmother passed away. Not a single day goes by that I don’t miss her. I’m so thankful for the time I was able to spend with her. She was one of my closest friends and taught me so much in life. It only seems fitting to dedicate this week’s Five on Friday post to some of the things I learned from her.
1. When you’re putting leftovers in containers, use a container that’s one size smaller than you think you’ll need. I know this sounds crazy, but it has worked for me all but one time!
2. People matter. My grandmother would drop everything she was doing to be hospitable and make people feel welcome.
3. Learn how to cook for a crowd. My grandmother’s house was everyone’s house, and by “everyone” I don’t just mean our family. I don’t think I ever sat down for a meal at her house with less than 6 people at the table. She was always more than happy to cook for whoever wanted to eat.
4. Find something you love and never stop doing it. For my grandmother, this was twofold: she loved genealogy and she loved Bible study. She spent so much time on both and left a ton of notebooks chronicling the knowledge she gained. They made her happy, and that was a beautiful thing.
5. Forgive. In the last conversation I had with my grandmother, she imparted all of the wisdom she could muster the strength to convey to me. The very last thing she said was, “Forgive people, because in the end it really just doesn’t matter.”
And here’s a bonus for those of you reading: Friends come and go, but family is forever. I was 16 when my grandmother told me this. I was ditching a family gathering and she told me I’d understand that someday. She was right.
My Grandma would be happy to know her knowledge is being shared. I’m curious – what are some things you’ve learned from your grandparents?