The saying is, all you ever need to know you learned in kindergarten, is pretty true. However, I would like to add, all you need to know about growing up (and I use that term loosely) you can learn from your grandparents. In my case, that would be my grandmother, more affectionately known as, Grammy.
Sixteen years ago she left this earthly plane to go try out the buffet in heaven, but the memories I have of her teach me lessons that I need to make it through the next half of my life.
Lesson one-Have a great sense of humor. Be able to find the humor in any scenario, even the mix up of hairspray with ant spray.
Lesson two-Enjoy your food, but don’t let it rule your life.
Lesson three-Sleep likes to evade us. Our body decides it can be productive at 3 a.m., but don’t believe it. We still need to try to get 8 hours of shut eye.
Lesson four-You can learn to be charming. Being able to talk to God and the devil in the same room has it’s benefits, just ask any politician.
Lesson five-It’s okay to get a face lift if that’s what you want to do. You need to be happy with yourself. Don’t ever let anyone put you down for your decision, they don’t live in your skin.
Lesson six-Always be able to support yourself and save money. When it gets down to it, you are the only one responsible for you. Save for retirement.
Lesson seven-You are always loved unconditionally by God. We all have days when we feel as though the world is against us, we feel unloved, but you’re not. Everyone on this planet needs to know that there is always at least one being who will love us, me, you unconditionally. Whether that is God, a grandparent, a parent or best friend we all need love to survive.
Lesson eight-Be able to make friends. As we get older friends die, move away or become too busy, so make sure you can still make new friends. They are a structural support beam for our foundation of happiness.
Lesson nine-Be proactive. We can slow the wrinkle, age spot, sagging skin factor of old age by taking care of our bodies. So stay out of the sun, use sunscreen and wear long sleeves for crying out loud.
Lesson ten-Family and traveling are 2 of the greatest gifts God gives us. Enjoy them both.
Lesson eleven-Keep on learning until the day you die. It helps your mind and gives you more to topics to be able to discuss with friends, family and associates. No one wants to hear the story of how we accidentally used ant spray on our hair instead of hairspray every time we meet.
So, thank you Grammy for all the lessons you taught me. And, yes, The Golden Girls rock.