just like grandma

It was an up and down, spin around, jam-packed day.  All the action makes it doubly interesting that I went to bed thinking about a single, seemingly ordinary, incident: I was in line at Starbucks when I overheard a young girl tell her friend, “I don’t know her that well, but I spend time with her whenever I can – I want to be just like her when I grow up.”
I sighed five times but I really wanted to turn around and give the girl a hug.  Her comment was sweet, yes, but the casualness of her words also hinted at a loving and soulful spirit.
The 3 minute wait for my chai tea became an opportunity to muse about the importance of role models.  This girl was lucky to have someone admirable to look up to, and I would hope that each of us feels similarly about someone special in our life.  As for me?  I hope to be as forgiving as my grandmother, as loving as my great aunt, and as joyful as my young cousin.  They all read this blog, so let this post be a bit of a ‘thank you’ to each of them.
Who is your role model?  And isn’t this post better than what I meant to write about DIY kitchen towels for spring?

16 thoughts on “just like grandma

  1. It looks like that human interaction bit that we were discussing as a part of my recent post served you very well on this day 😉

    Too many times, it seems like we are compelled to choose a single role model to follow. I like how you treat role models as an a la carte menu, forgiveness, loving, and joyful qualities, each being exemplified by a different person.

    Perhaps this is another reason why we enjoy being around others so much. It gives us a perfect opportunity to see all the good in the world when we choose to look for it 😉 Wonderful post, as always.

  2. So sweet. There are so many amazing people I admire- but I would have to say I want to be good and kind and patient like my husband! haha. He is the “good one” for sureee.
    PS I know this post isn’t about your diy towel but it’s super cute and I want you to teach me how to make one!!!!!!

  3. This is such a cute story- my hero growing up was my grandmother. She was this all-sass, take-no-nonsense woman who ruled her household and also knew how to throw a killer party. I loved her dearly and was her little sidekick during summer vacations. She’s been gone a few years now, but is still one of the strongest women I’ve ever known.


  4. See? Sometimes you hear the most awesome things when eavesdropping just a little. 🙂 I want to have the steadfastness of my Grandpa, the wisdom of my Mom, my little sister Anna’s servant’s heart

  5. How lovely 🙂 It’s amazing how some things you hear in passing can just stick out to you and linger on your mind for a long time to come! What a wonderful thing to get ingrained in there!

  6. I love eavesdropping on conversations and trying to figure out the type of person they are. 🙂 I think my role models are characters in books, I want to be as selfless and brave as Tris. Like Cath in Fangirl, I want to grow into a wonderful young adult and a better writer. But someone who doesn’t get caught up in useless drama. 🙂 I take a little something from every perspective I have read.

  7. Love this! Both of my role models are younger than me! My two baby sisters have grown into two rockin’ women with such a heart and passion for people! They’re so inspiring! Also, your dish towel is marvelous. Along with your sweet smile! 🙂

  8. There are so many people I look to for inspiration to draw out some of my latent characteristics. What a kind post to write, after hearing kind words!

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