Things I Learned From My Grandmas. Day 16

Grandma Nell and Granny two amazing grandmas

Be generous. Always.

Always say “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am” (or else Grandma won’t acknowledge you).

It is never a bad time to go to Wal-Mart or the thrift shop—‘cause you can always find good stuff. And then give it away.

There is life after losing your husband.

Don’t bite your nails.

Don’t be afraid to work hard.

Pretty is as pretty does.

Cats are people too.

Always keep a little candy around—in your house or in your purse. You never know when you might need to give some to a kid!

Sadly, not everyone has the gift of the green thumb.

Use a child’s first and middle name together—it scares them.

It is hard to ask for help, but sometimes you have to.

Your circumstances do not have to define you.

Any day you wake up and don’t see your name in the paper is a good day.


Laugh a lot.

Let love be your legacy.

Just because you don’t see well, doesn’t mean you don’t see.

Just because you’re old, doesn’t mean you are any less awesome.

In fact, it means you are much more than awesome—you are an amazing gift to your family, and I am more grateful than I could ever say.


♥ I love you, Grandma Nell and Granny Hobbs.♥


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9 responses to “Things I Learned From My Grandmas. Day 16

  1. I’m taking notes, Joell. I’m already in training to be a grandma, though that time is still a long way off. I’m going to go by Granny Annie, and I can’t wait!

    Great post, thanks for linking it up with the TALU!

  2. it’s never a bad time to go to wal-mart or the thrift store and then give it away! that’s crack up funny and so true! love it! this is a great idea. i sure hope people are teaching their kids these things. there’s not enough of this in the world! TALU 🙂

    • Haha! I know. My Grandmas are both pretty hilarious. We can learn a lot from the older folks in our lives. Just have to pay attention. Thanks for stopping by. Heading over to visit your blog. 🙂

  3. Where I come from, you don’t ma’am anyone without ducking after – so you don’t get backhanded for inferring that they’re old. LOL [#TALU]

    • That is so funny, Chris! I am a Southerner, born and raised (and was raised to say Yes, Ma’am and No Ma’am!), but when I lived in the Midwest for 4 years, nobody “ma’amed” anyone. My 5 year old daughter’s friends were calling me by my first name which was really WEIRD! LOL. But it was not meant to be disrespectful, it was just how it was there. They were some really well-mannered kids. I just couldn’t bring myself to allow my kids to call grown ups by their first name only though. Had to instill that Southern tradition anyway! Now that we are back in the South people are “Ma’aming” me right and left! LOL.

  4. How sweet! But I DO want to see my name in the paper. LOL. Yeah I know what she meant. Too cute. Love how the scare tactic of first name middle last name gets passed down from generation to generations. TALU

    • I have learned so much from these two awesome ladies–who are 92 and 94 years old by the way!! They are both hilarious! But when I was little and my Granny Hobbs, 94, pictured on the right, would call out “Joell Marie!!!” it scared the daylights out of me! LOL.So grateful to still have them both! Thanks, Kenya!

  5. hiddenbeloved

    Yay for Grandmas!

I always love hearing from you! :-)

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