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Posted on July 20, 2010 by Christine Crosby in 

A Letter to My Grandchildren


Even though you’re too young to understand the words, maybe someday you’ll pick up this letter and understand and feel good.

These are thoughts that I’ve collected from many sources of reading out of books, not the Internet or You Tube or My Space or a Kindle but books, newspapers and magazines.

* First, understand that life is not fair. Period. Get over the fact and stop using it as an excuse. Life is also fun and funny.

* No one owes you anything. You get what you work hard for really hard. If you are not ready to commit, to sacrifice, don’t complain about what you have or don’t have.

* It’s OK to fail. Everyone has failed. You are no exception. It is not how many times you fall; it’s how many times you get up.

* Your ability may get you to the top, but only your character will keep you there. In other words, you can get by on charm for about 15 minutes. Then you’d better know something.

* Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your mother proud.

* Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

* Don’t judge people by their relatives.

* Keep your words soft and tender because someday you    may have to eat them.

* Do all the good you can by all the means you can.

By: Joseph Merluzzi, Headmaster, Berkeley Preparatory School, Tampa, FL

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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