Today would have been my grandpa George‘s birthday. I believe he would have been 109! In light of this being his birthday, I would like to tell you what he helped me to realize and why I miss him so much.
Grandpa George had this wonderful spirit of living life to its fullest and always exploring. I think this was his most endearing characteristics. He always told me to explore and not let anything tie me down. It didn’t matter, according to Grandpa, if society dictated that women were nurses and only men could be doctors (as was customary when he was little). He told me to push onward with whatever I wanted to do. I often complained my art teachers told me I couldn’t draw and he asked if I believed them; no, I didn’t and he told me, then keep drawing!
If I complained that I wasn’t smart, Grandpa would remind me that there are two types of intelligence: street and book. I also complained about my homework load. He taught me in practical ways how to implement some of my classes. We would “study” science in his “pasture” where lots of wild flowers, plants, and animals thrived.
Grandpa also reminded me to be “free” and not confine myself to constraints set upon me by society. You didn’t have to learn in a classroom; you could learn everywhere! Explore every chance you get.
I miss you, Grandpa George, and I know you are now exploring all of God’s wonderful new creation and are free!