My dad’s mom, “Gram”, is the coolest lady I know, and the sassiest 94 year old I’ve ever met.  I wouldn’t be who I am today, but for the things I’ve learned from her.  Her advice over the years has been invaluable.

Just recently Gram sent me a friend request on Facebook.  I was quite impressed, as I’ve heard her say for years that all this computer stuff is just too much for her, and believe me, that resonates with me! Twitter, InstaGram, and Pinterest are all familiar words to me, but they intimidate me more than intrigue me.  I poke around Facebook with a ten foot pole.  My phone is so much more technologically advanced than I am.  Sometimes I would rather be in high school again hiding out in the press room working on the school newspaper with a T-square then “getting with the times.”  This day and age is not for the fainthearted!  And quite often, that is exactly how I feel.

But Gram can face her fears at 94 and try her hand at Facebook.  So I can pull myself together and remind myself of what Eleanor Roosevelt said:  “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop and look fear in the face.  You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”  And I can learn something else from Gram, which hopefully you see too:  It won’t kill me to do something I fear – it will just make me stronger.

No more chickening out!

I’ll see you on the dance floor. *;) winking

Janet Kruse

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