Posted: Monday, July 27, 2009 11:48:36 PM
I'm 36 years old. I'm not a grandparent. The reason I'm posting in this stage is that I think it's safe to say we've all picked up some life lessons from our grandparents at some point in our lives.
Please take a moment to share a life lesson you've learned from your grandmother or grandfather.
Here's mine: "Never give up."
Okay, so this seems a little cliche, I know, but it's a life lesson that is emphasized in my heart and mind everytime I think about my grandmother, June.
She has lived her life in the cold plains of central Minnesota for the last 75+ years and has undergone TWO kidney transplants, a heart valve replacement, a knee replacement, leukemia (it's in remission now), cataracts, celiacs disease, gout, hard of hearing, AND a leg amputation (below the knee).
However...all those things being said...she still lives on her own in a little apartment and will cook you up a meal if you stop by.
Aside from having nine lives (or more like twenty) and being a pin-up girl for the Mayo Clinic (she's on a first name basis with the janitors there by the way), her health conditions would have killed most people or put them in long term nursing care.
But my grandmother never gives up. She is strong and she moves mountains.
With a woman like that in your life, it's hard not to learn a life lesson or two.