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Hopelessly flawed

Agent009's picture
on January 9, 2010 - 9:58am

My granny, God bless her and her 85+ years, is very sharp.
She cruises her five foot frame around her little town in a big white Ford Explorer. She is an emotional rock...I've only ever seen her really sob twice, and it was at times where anything less would have been unfathomable.

Whenever I think about what kind of person I want to be, I think of her soft-spoken mannerisms and selfless nature. Aside from the fact that she insisted on having a career in an era/community when women just did not work once they were married, she also exudes many character strengths that I admire.
She is endlessly kind, generous beyond belief, charitable, reasonable, witty, patient, tolerant, and just good. The woman has class oozing out her pores. To me, class means treating all the world with respect. Granny has always been the most respectful being I've ever known.
Ann Landers once wrote, "Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.”

If any woman has proven they can meet life, it's my granny.

My granny has set quite a high standard. I fear my hopelessly flawed self, prone to occasional bouts of impatience and frustration, will never live up to the incredible life she has lived.

She sent me this today:
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
Then you are probably
The family dog.
(And you thought I was going to get all spiritual.)

So now, not only can I feel inferior that I will never live up to Granny's example, I also can't live up to the example set by the dog.

Thanks Gran. See this? It's me sticking my tongue out at you from 1200 miles away.

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