Words of Wisdom

  • Grandparents should play the same role in the family as an elder statesman can in the government of a country. They have the experience and knowledge that comes from surviving a great many years of life’s battles and the wisdom, hopefully, to recognise how their grandchildren can benefit from this. ~ Geoff Dench

So how do you display wisdom and do you feel like an elder statesman? I have the “elder” part down pat, but statesman?

I knew my grandmother was wise and I loved all her euphemisms for life.

“Every tub sits on it’s on bottom.”

“Pretty is as pretty does.”

“Lick your calf over.”

Often I had to ask her to explain her wisdom, but after she did I never forgot it. I can’t walk past a penny on the ground without thinking, “Find a penny and pick it up and all the day you’ll have good luck.”

But me? What do I know? What words of wisdom do I have to impart on my own grandchildren?

What if all they remember me saying is,  “Put your toys up, please,” or “Don’t run in the house!”

I need to think up some smart things to say to be remembered by….or maybe I’ll just recycle my grandmother’s words of wisdom.

What about you? What words of wisdom do you think your grandchildren will remember you saying?


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