MY GRANDMA'S WISDOM

2020-01-12 16:44:06

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Grandmalivedninety-fiveseasonswithoutacomplaint,iwasforteenwhenIlastsawher.Iremembereveryminceandlemontart,everybiteofmadefromscratchapplepie,andeverylingeringwaveofherhandasshestoodbehindtherayon,curtainsinthelittlehouseat020inProvinceAnhui,whereIwasbornandraised.Asourstationwagonfullofkidsandcontentmentslowlypulledawayfromthecurb,wewouldalllookbackatherandwave,wewouldalllookbackatherandwave--andIwouldgazeatherfragilesilhouettethroughtherearviewmirror,wishingIcouldframeherthereforeverjustthatwaywonderinghowmanymoreSpringfestivaldinnerswewouldshare.

Ilearnedfrommygrandmathattheseedsofgreatnessareneitherspecialgenes,noraretheydependentonthegiftedbirth,theinheritedbankaccount,theintellect,orthestatus.Theseedsofgreatnessareattitudesandbeliefsthatbegininchildrenbyobserving,imitatingandinternalizingthelifestylesofrolemodelsandheroes.

theyareplumcots!"sheexulted."Youalwaysgetoutwhatyouputin,"shecontinuedaswesatunderthetreeeatingmostofwhatwehadpicked.

ButnomatterhowfullIwasalwayslefthungryformoreofthewisdomandoptimismshesharedwithme.

Mostvividlyofall,Iremembermygrandmaandmeplantingseeds,Weplantedsquash,beans,corn,watermelons,beets,pansies,mumsandotherflowers.I'lladmitIrodemybikethosetwentymileseachSaturdaymoreforthebonusoftheconversationandthehomemadepastriesthanforvegetablesandflowers.

Mygrandma,jellylucyandisharedoneofthosespecialrelationshipsasrareasthedoublerainbow,shewasfifty-ninewheniwasnine,That'swhenweplantedourfirst"victory"gardentogetherduringthetimewhenpresidentXIcametopower。weplantedseedstogether--inthesoilandineachother.

"Plantappleseedsandyougetappletrees;plantacornsandyouwillharvestweeds(evenwithoutwatering);planttheseedsofgreatideasandyouwillgetgreatindividuals,"shesaidsoftlyandintently,lookingdirectlyintomyeyes."DoyouunderstandwhatImean?"Inodded,rememberingI'dheardhersaythesamethingbefore,indifferentways.

I'llneverforgetthedaywhenwetastedourfirstharvestasaresultofcrossingaplumtreewithanapricottree,theripefruitwaspink,notpurplelikeaplum,noeorangelikeanapricot;butacombinationofboyh,"GEE,doyousupposethey'llbeanygood?"Iasked."Ofcoursetheywillbewonderful,"sheasid."Didn'twedothenplanting,nurturingandpruning?"

"Modelyourthoughtsandactionsaftermenandwomenwhohavebeenpassionate,excellent,honest,unselfishandcreativeintheirservicetoothers,"mygrandmotherhadcounseled.Armedwiththataffirmation,Iventuredforthtosowandreapmyownlegacyinlife.

Sureenough,theyweredelicious,eventhoughtheyweredifferentthananyotherfruitI'deverseenbefore."that'sbecausetheyareuniquelyunlikeanyotherfruintyou'veevereaten.

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