Celebrating My Leading Ladies

November 17, 2015

Leading LadiesIn honor of a lovely lady who left us this week, I wanted to write a little recap of some words of wisdom I’ve learned from the important women in my life. When my family gets together, we often sit, chat, and laugh about old stories or things we remember about those we love. Here are a few highlights:

When presented with an opportunity to travel…go! Peggy loved to go far, and go often.

“Take what you like and leave the rest.” When confronted with things or people that you don’t always agree with, this will work in a pinch.

When you’re tired or stressed or can’t get it all done, there she comes with, “Tomorrow’s a new day.” And sometimes that’s all you need.

When kids are being “rotten,” just look at them straight in the face and say “ISH!” This will surely get them on their best behavior as quick as heck. My grandma had a flair with words – a few examples: “You look like a ripe peach,” or “I’m so proud of you.” A compliment goes a long way.

When all else fails, call your mother.

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“‘Tsit!” What is this, you ask? It’s a reduced version of “that’s it!” Sometimes Grandma would just holler it at people when she thinks something’s done or there isn’t anything more to say on that.

And then there’s the most humorous: when Gram told me that she prayed for me each night that I would stop talking so much in class, and not focus so much on boys… #truth.

And now, I’m off to San Diego to see this leading lady in a grand performance as Rosalind in As You Like It.