Simple Things


My grandmother Bernice was born January 5 of 1925. It’s easy to describe her but I am not sure that a description could quite do her justice. She was very simple, but not in the way that you would describe someone who was “not the sharpest knife in the drawer”, more like  ” She was two dimes short of a quarter! ” and when I say that I mean that money and material things didn’t mean anything to my grandmother. She was sensible and practical and she absolutely wanted to be surrounded by nice things, nice things to her were her family and friends. Her name, Bernice means shining star and she most definitely was the bright light that lit up our world. I can’t describe any grand gestures that made this so, I can only say that she was simply herself and in that we all felt comfortable in being ourselves. She never wanted for more, she wanted to have enough. She was a remarkable woman and I will love and treasure her memory always. The best compliment my husband ever gave to me was to say that my grandmother was one of the best people he ever met. I agree. I also like to think that there is a part of her in me that keeps shining.

We strive for all sorts of things in our lives that we think we will make us happy but my grandmother taught me that happiness is a lot simpler then we think.

Things we think will make us happy

1. Being Wealthy
2. Being thin
3. Being loved
4. Pretty things
5. A nice home

Things that will actually make us happy

1. Measuring wealth by the people you have in your life
2.Being healthy
3. Loving yourself
4. Things that can’t be seen, only felt
5. A home filled with love and laughter

Sometimes the things we stress about have simple answers. I find myself often looking up to the heavens and wondering what my grandmother would do.



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26 thoughts on “Simple Things

  1. Hey Michelle,
    thanks for posting, made me think that I could call my grandmother again. And you are right about the fact that not all the things that can be counted do count and that not all the things that count can be counted 🙂
    Enjoy the people around you & enjoy yourself,

      1. Now we really have to stop this chat 😀 thank you very much for following my blog. I guess you know you are one of my very important people now? So let me know if I can do anything for you and enjoy reading and commenting on my blog, will do so on yours.

  2. You are so right, and this is so Mom. You seem to put into words what we feel but don’t know how to describe… Miss her everyday and it will soon be 4 years since she was with us…..

  3. Aww Michelle you have a way with words, and you describe Mom perfectly. She’s missed everyday, and I’m so glad you keep her memory alive. Love you very much. xo

  4. Meeting people like your grandmother, even just reading about them – I consider that to be a privilege !
    PS.I’m sure she’s shinning on in you, and all the people she loved and was loved by. x

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