As a child, my family spent many weekends at my Granny’s house in Kentucky. Life on the farm was pretty different from Blanchester, Ohio and my sisters and I spent countless hours climbing trees, watching the cows, and swinging on the porch swing. There was plenty of room for everyone at Granny’s house and each morning we woke up to the smell of the best breakfast in the world and the sound of bacon sizzling. I’ve never met anyone who’s cooking skills can match my Granny’s.
Granny’s house always seemed like another world to me, or perhaps a step back in time. Time actually moved slower there and no one was ever in a rush to get anywhere. My favorite memories might be the days whenever we would walk through the fields and over the mountainous hills behind the house to the family cemetery on the other side. We always make this trip with aunts, uncles, and cousins.
But the most wonderful thing about staying at Granny’s house is the love that you felt there. I remember my Granny sitting in her chair in the living room with her Bible open.
We said goodbye to my Granny several years ago, but her legacy lives on and affects each of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. I have a picture of her hanging in my hallway and I think of her every time I see it and I am challenged to follow her lead and live my life like she did. Like I said before, life was different at Granny’s and I think that we can all learn a few lessons from our Grandparents. Here are a few that I have learned from mine.
Hard Work is Good for You- Long before I was born, Granny and Grandaddy ran a dairy farm. They also had chickens and pigs. I remember well the large garden and the fresh veggies that were a result of it. Thanks to technology, life is easier and I just buy my food at the store, but hard work never hurt anyone.
Slow Down- Ask someone how they are doing and they’ll say ‘busy.’ I prefer a more simple lifestyle. Right now, things are pretty busy for me between writing and working but I know that it’s good to slow down and rest on the porch swing for a while without a smart phone.
Trust God- Granny never questioned God, He was just trusted. You could tell from the way that she lived her life that she trusted God and put Him first. Whenever people look at my life I want them to say the same.
Remember Where You Came From- I might be a busy writer and teacher living in a subdivision, but I’m far away from home. My life isn’t better than my Granny’s because I went to college and I can’t say that having technology has made me happier. But I know where I came from and that has changed who I am.
My Granny’s legacy is amazing and I can’t help but wonder what legacy that I am leaving behind.
Someday we will all be gone and we will leave a legacy behind.
What legacy do you want to leave?