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Wisdom: Hearts and Smarts

Enjoy the cutest grandkids yet, and some “wisdom” from . . . well, you’ll have to guess.

“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing Is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” – Phyllis Diller, in Phyllis Diller’s Housekeeping Hints (1966)

“The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.” – Attributed to Sam Levenson

“The closest friends I have made all through life have been people who also grew up close to a loved and loving grandmother or grandfather.” – Margaret Mead, Blackberry Winter (1972)

“A house needs a grandma in it.” – Louisa May Alcott (1857), in Ednah D. Cheney, ed., Louisa May Alcott (1889)

“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.” – Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home, “Easter,” (1987)

“What’s more enchanting than the voices of young people, when you can’t hear what they say?” – Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts, “Age and Death” (1931)

“I’m a flower, poa, a flower opening and reaching for the sun. You are the sun, grandma, you are the sun in my life.” – Kitty Tsui, “Poa Poa Is Living Breathing Light,” The Words of a Woman Who Breathes Fire (1983)

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin, “The Precarious Vogue of Ingmar Bergman,” Esquire, April 1960.

“Grandpa…was ever ready to cheer and help me, ever sure that I was a remarkable specimen.” – Miles Franklin, Childhood at Brindabella (1963)

“Grandma was a kind of first-aid station, or a Red Cross nurse, who took up where the battle ended, accepting us and our little sobbing sins, gathering the whole of us into her lap, restoring us to health and confidence by her amazing faith in life and in a mortal’s strength to meet it.” – Lillian Smith, in Tillie Olsen, Mother to Daughter, Daughter to Mother (1984)


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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