O, Grandmother!

A page for grandmothers, about grandmothers: because of very special gifts:  Long Life & Grandchildren and it's a page for "older" girls... some funny things, some melancholy things.

Pages from grandma's journal... (click title)

Kegel.  You will never regret doing these pelvic exercises---but you will regret it if you don't.



The Poem by Jenny Joseph

that inspired the:

Red Hat Society




by Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy
And summer gloves

And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other peoples' gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph


(written after she found out she was dying from cancer.)

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.  I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.  I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."
 There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's."

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it.
Live it and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff.

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what. Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.  

Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with. And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally. I hope you all have a blessed day.



Letter To A New Grandmother
Glenys Robyn Hicks


Congratulations on becoming a new grandmother! Isn't it great?! I always felt that my grandchildren were my children- not in the sense that I am their 'mother', but in that they were a blessing from God passed on to me from my children. It is my job, (I feel), to be there to advise my children if they ask me about child rearing and to be there for the grandchildren if it is required by their parents or if the grandchildren request it of me. I am extremely careful not to undermine or usurp the important 'law of the mother' or authority of the father. But I do so enjoy being a part of their life and feel blessed by the Lord to have that privilege.

Tomorrow I am baby sitting my youngest (to date) grandchild and then I am needed each week day for my youngest daughter again for at least 2 weeks. My husband and I baby sit his daughter’s 3 children too when needed and we love it. We treat all our grandchildren (both by blood and by marriage) as our own. I believe my grandchildren are my children. All that I do for my children, I, likewise, do for my grandchildren. This teaching is from the book of Proverbs where a wise woman builds her house. The building continues on, even long after she has left this earth. For it is not built with human hands, but by the Hands of God Himself. (Genesis 46:15, 18, 22, 25 & Exodus 10:2)

Now the scriptures telling me that my grandchildren are my children are: "These are the sons of Rachel, who were born to Jacob, there were fourteen persons in all." Genesis 46:22 (Genesis 46:15, 18, 25) (Genesis 46:26 - all the persons were Jacob's direct descendants, grandchildren included) (Genesis 48:5) (Leviticus 18:19) (Exodus 31:2 - Names the father and the grandfather with the son) Rachel only gave birth to two sons: Joseph and Benjamin. But Scripture records her as having fourteen sons! That is because all her grandchildren were considered her children as well. The neighbours said to Ruth when her first grandson was born: "And the neighbour women gave him a name, saying, 'A son has been born to Naomi!' So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David." Ruth 4:17 Naomi had her first grandson, but the neighbour women called him her son. Lois and Eunice worked together as a team raising Timothy. Ruth and Naomi raised Obed and were part of the raising of King David, his great grandson. Jacob said to Joseph, "And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine." Genesis 48:5 … "as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine." This means Jacob's grandsons are just as his sons! Wise women realize that their grandchildren are their children, too.

Isn’t God so very very good! Yes, life is busy with children and grandchildren….but I wouldn’t have it any other way. God willing, God will bless us with more. We can hardly wait! Thanks go to Laine for her pointing the way to this discovery. May you enjoy being a grandmother to your grandchild as much as I do to mine.

Glenys Robyn Hicks

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My Mom sends me great mail, quotes and poems.  I'll post a few of the things she sends me.  
When you've lived a long time, you come to see that some things are just not as important as you thought and some things you thought were... aren't.


1. Try everything twice. On Madams tombstone (of Whelan's and Madam) she said she wanted this epitaph: Tried everything twice...loved it both times!

2. Keep only cheerful friends.  The grouches pull you down. (keep this In mind if you are one of those grouches;)

3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop."  And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.  And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and Lots of time with HIM/HER.

6. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is our self. LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second time.




You may not believe it, but it's 100% true.
1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. You are special and unique.
8. Someone that you don't even know exists, loves you.
9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
10. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.
11. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.

And always remember........When life hands you lemons, ask for tequila and salt.

(This is not an endorsement to drink alcohol---you get the point, I hope.)



NOTICE:  Many things I receive in emails------lack of credit to authors is  NOT intentional ------ if you know the author of a piece, *please* let me know so that I can credit the author.  I will gladly do so.
I'm very agreeable. 
No need for big legal guns here.  thank you.


Things to remember:
Sometimes we need to remember WHAT the Rules of Life really are.

1.  Never give yourself a haircut.
2.  You need only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. 
     If it doesn't move and it should, use the WD-40.  If it moves and it shouldn't, use the duct tape.
3.  The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship are "I apologize" and "You are right."
4.  Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
5.  When you make a mistake, make amends immediately.  It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm.
6.  The only really good advice that your mother ever gave you was: "Go!  You might meet somebody!"
7.   If he/she says that you are too good for him/her - believe them.
8.  Learn to pick your battles.  Ask yourself, "Will this matter one year from now?  How about one month?  One week?  One day?"
9.  Never pass up an opportunity to pee.
10. If you woke up breathing, congratulations!  You have another chance!
11. Living well really is the best revenge. 
      Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just might mean that the other person was right about you.
12. Work is good, but it's not that important.
13. And finally; Be really nice to your friends and family. You never know when you are going to need them to empty your bedpan.

Do you think that embarrassing things only happen to YOU??

Special Napkins

This was more embarrassing for my mother than for me because I wasn't quite 4 years old when it happened.  My mother taught me to read when I was 3 years old (her first mistake). One day I was in the bathroom and noticed one of the cabinet doors was ajar. I read the box in the cabinet. I then asked my mother why she was keeping napkins in the bathroom. Didn't they belong in the kitchen?  Not wanting to burden me with unnecessary facts she told me that those were for special occasions.

Now fast-forward a few months.

It's Thanksgiving Day and my folks are leaving to pick up the pastor and his wife for Dinner. Mom had  assignments for all of us while they were gone. Mine was to set the table.  You guessed it! When they returned, the pastor came in first and immediately burst  into laughter. Next came his wife who gasped, then began giggling.   Next  came my father, who roared with laughter. Then came mom, who almost   died of embarrassment when she saw each place setting on the table  with a "special occasion" napkin at each plate, with the fork carefully arranged  on top. I had even tucked the little tails in so they  didn't hang off the edge.   My mother asked me why I used these  and of course my response sent  the other adults into further fits of laughter....   ...but Mom, you SAID they were for special occasions!!

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The Grandchild


With strong pink fingers

Closed tightly around yours,

The circle becomes complete.

As you gaze adoringly

Into your new grandchild’s eyes,

You can see your own child

And yourself.

You take a step back in time

To the day this child’s parent

Was first held so lovingly

In your own arms,

And the love you felt then

Sweeps over you afresh,

Bringing a wave of nostalgia,

A mist of tears

And torrents of love and joy.

This child, your crowning glory,

Loved for itself and for the love

You have for your own child,

Is a blessing from the LORD

And a crown of delight


© Glenys Robyn Hicks 1995

  “Children’s children are the crown of old men.” Proverbs 17:6

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