My grandmother was something.
She could make people squirm with her casual cross-examinations, and always- always -always- had the upper hand , at every discussion.
I used to tell everybody at work that she was my mentor when it came to interrogating people on the witness stand.
I loved her with all my heart.
She also had these sayings- I’m sure your grandmothers had then too- and I think the beginning of 2021 is a perfect time to check if those sayings are still valid, or did time and internet push them to the “irrelevant box”.
#1: always save a penny for a rainy day”
Wow, too valid.
If there’s anything we learned from Covid is that when it rains- it definitely pours, metaphorically speaking.
#2 . you are not rich enough to buy cheap”.
Well- this one is tough- since in my experience- not all pricey things are necessarily better quality, and vice versa. maybe take the time to learn the difference between good advertising and good quality?in any case- since sentence #1 is always true- maybe “when in doubt- just don’t” is better.
#3: “Never leave the house looking like roadkill”
Think of all those books/movies/TV shows where the heroine breaks up with her boyfriend and goes out “just to throw the trash” in her best “stay at home in comfiest ugliest PJ’s of them all ” and of course, as the universe would have it, her high school sweetheart happens to walk by (he has to walk, not drive by, otherwise what’s the point of the scene?)
Well- I think , with all due respect- that this one didn’t make it to 2021.
Seems all everyone wears is at home PJ’S, the comfier-the better- the jeans and dresses , let alone those stylish jackets and tailored pants- seem like they belong to another era.
Plus- seems like the attitude has changed (I’ve been waiting for this forever) and there are fewer and fewer sleeping princesses waiting in a corsette for their prince to save them.
I hope this is the situation, because ladies- we need to rely on ourselves only-and the only way to get up from a long sleep is to drink a cup of coffee and go fr a run.
#4:”never give unsolicited advice”
This is definitely true- always has been- is now-and will always be.
This is also the best advice I always ignore.
#5:”Mother knows best”
I’m not sure about this one, honestly.
I think many mothers want the best for their children, but we are all unique people, and need to learn to rely on ourselves and not on anyone else to make decisions for us.
I am aware that this can complicate relationships that are built on one party expecting the other party to automatically follow their advice- but- here’s to sentence #4!
#6: always make your bed first thing in the morning!”
Now this one, is the ultimate truth ladies and gentlemen.
Sleep is the most important activity your body and your brain needs, and a fresh , clean, made bed, is always more inviting and comfortable than a wrinkled up, haven’t changed sheets in a while, couldn’t care less about it-bed.
All I can say is that I believe in clean and organized surroundings as a method of simplifying matters, even deep unsolved issues of the past.
Plus- everything looks better after a good nights sleep- rest my case.
So change your sheets every week, make sure your room is clean and ventilated ( open window? try it- oxygen is not fake news), and try to get nice linens and a good , light blanket, and try to avoid watching the news before going to bed. .
I miss my grandmother.
I hope one day, when I have grand-kids of my own, they will love me as much as I loved my grandmother.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.