Those two words mean a lot to me. My grandmother, known to her family as Nanny, has said them to me countless times in my life.
- When boyfriends broke up with me
- When I tried and tried but never made cheerleader
- When I argued with friends
- When I was home from school sick
- When I had a hard time finding a job after college
- When situations didn’t turn out like I wanted them to
She could just utter those two words in her sweet voice (dragging out the word “honey” for effect) and I would automatically feel loved and heard. When she would say them, I knew she cared. She always had time for me.
Those two simple words carried a lot of weight in my life and are one of my favorite things about Nanny.
Well, this sweet lady was moved into hospice yesterday. She is almost 91-years-old and has basically given up her desire to live.
But knowing what she has been through as of late coupled with some challenging health issues… I can’t blame her. And while I know this is the best option for her, it is not easy. I will miss her.
Listen friends… learn from my Nanny.
By example, she teaches us the importance of making positive impressions in people’s lives. With just two small words, she spoke volumes into my life. She shows us the power we have to breathe life into those who really need it. I’ll take that memory to the grave.
And I’ve learned an important lesson.
Growing up, I was blessed by my grandmother. She was that special person for me. Now it’s my turn to be that for someone else.
It’s your turn, too.
I wonder who your “Nanny” was? Maybe it was a family member, teacher, coach, friend, pastor, or someone else. Can you remember the way they made you feel?
Good. Now go be that for someone else.