Updated: Jan 29, 2019
Lessons I learned from Mamaw. Today, less then a year since I sat holding her hand, today would be her birthday. She would be 100. Mamaw was my person, and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss the good morning texts from her and the thirty minute phone calls on my drive home from school. If I needed advice, she was the first place I went. In honor of her, here are some of the lessons she taught me.
From the woman who taught me how to live & how to die.
1.) Love unconditionally
2.) Never judge
3.) Age gracefully
4.) Have friends of all ages, if you do this you will never be alone
5.) Always tell the truth
6.) (dating advice) Never cheat
7.) (dating advice) Always be a lady
8.) Find an honest man
9.) Find a kind man
10.) it's not the most important thing, but good looks sure is a bonus
11.) "Sometimes you just have a slip up & you do things you wouldn't normally do & that's okay"
12.) one glass of wine is good for you
13.) you gotta know when to hold em'
14.) & know when to fold em'
15.) Win gracefully,
16.) but if you're playing cards with family you gotta rub it in their faces a little bit
17.) patience is an important virtue
18.) if you don't have anything nice to say don't say it at all
19.) laugh at yourself
20.) say yes to everything
21.) a cookie with your coffee in the morning is absolutely acceptable
22.) never hold anyone else back
23.) don't be afraid to try new things
24.) reading is important to keep the mind sharp
25.) if you want to age and stay with it you have to adapt
26.) find the good in any situation
27.) no-one likes a complainer, so don't be one
28.) you aren't better than anyone else
29.) never be afraid to be you
30.) don't ever be afraid to love
31.) give a hug when you say goodbye
32.) expect nothing from anyone
33.) family is everything
34.) do not look down on anyone.
35.) bring more to the table than you take
36.) find the good in everyone
How to live & how to die.
Mamaw I miss you everyday, but the lessons you taught me will stay with me for the rest of my life, they impact the way that I choose to live everyday. They impact the person I am not and one that I want to become. There's a beautiful story that goes with each of these lesson, most filled with laughter, love and wine.