Things my grandmother taught me about life
I remember thinking when i was a young girl, that my grandmother’s knew things I could never understand. I spent a small bit of time with all of three of them (my mom’s mom, my dad’s mom and my step dad’s mom) and the most important thing I learned from them was how to untangle and then ball up a ball of wool. “Really?”, you ask, “That’s it? That’s the most important thing you’ve learned from your grandmother’s?” My answer is yes.
Recently I’ve begun doing crafting again and had to untangle and roll up a ball of yarn which had been tangled. I sat for over two hours unraveling the yarn and untangling it. As I worked I had to dig deep to find some of the knots and slip the ever growing ball of yarn through each loop. I was a little frustrated at times and almost gave up but I decided it wasn’t really that hard and continued on. Over two hours spent untangling reminded me why my grandmother’s had spent time getting me to do this when I visited as a child.
Untangling that ball of wool was about life and the mess it can get into from time to time. Patience is the time undoing those little knots. Courage is continuing to do it and not giving up. Accomplishment is getting it done. I really realized that while untangling the ball of yarn. The more I thought about the yarn and my grandmother’s, the more I missed them.
My grandmother’s are long gone but their life lessons will stay with me and be passed on. I plan on getting my own grandchildren to help me unravel a knotted yarn to pass these same life lessons on. Who knew that what I thought was so mundane was something so important? I loved spending time with my grandmother’s and unraveling the yarn to roll back into an amazing ball back then. I realized yesterday that I still enjoy it and realize that it is such a great stress reliever and a reminder that sometimes we all need to take some time to just be quiet and unravel the mess which is our lives.
Thank you Grandma Grace, Alice and Margaret for teaching me about life, love and happiness. I miss you. Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you have a great day and maybe you too can unravel a messy ball of yarn to unwind from the stress of life.