Happy Good People Day 2009
Recently, as a hobby away from the kiddos, I have been exploring social
media. On my journey, I came across a dynamic Internet celebrity named
Gary Vaynerchuck. Today for the second year, Gary is dedicating this
day to praising the people that are awesome and good - the people that
have helped you become who you are, or the people that have shaped your
Unfortunately, I am not a video blogger – I have no
Web cam, and if I did, I would not know how to use one, so today I
write to you. The person who is awesome and good is NOT a blogger, NOT
a Twitterer and currently does NOT even have Internet access. Her name
is Polly Jeanne Lewis, and she is my paternal grandmother.
The reason I honor her is because she has shaped the way I raise my
children and approach life. When I think about a motherhood, my
grandmother, grandmommy to me, always comes to mind. I asked her for
one piece of advice as I was preparing to have my first child, and she
said: "Your children will come into your household, and they will leave
when they are adults, but you hubby will be there the whole time. Don't
forget about him." Those words resonate in my head still. Social media
is amazing - I can blog about what it is like being a mommy, and I can
stay connect with old friends and meet new people through facebook and
twitter, but at the end of the day, it is my hubby that is by my side.
Another piece of wisdom that my grandmommy told me was to ALWAYS forgive people
even if you do not know why they did what they did. Complaining and
bickering only produce the fruit of bitterness, but forgiveness gives
you power and freedom. Life can move at a fast pace, but sometimes it
is nice to stop and smell the roses with special people like my
grandmommy and just listen to how awesome and good they are.
an adult and a mother, I have come to appreciate the wisdom of my
elders. The lessons I learned from my grandmommy, I hope, have carried
over into my life to be passed on to my children. I encourage you to
have a chat with your grandparents, and just LISTEN. They have such
great stories about where they came from and what the world has become.
Today I honor my grandmommy for Good People Day, and I am thankful for
wisdom and advice!