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Heartwings Love Notes 846 - My Grandmother’s Zinnias

Heartwings says, "It is important to set a good example for others."

Born in 1879, My paternal grandmother's life was as different from mine as possible. Prior to World War Two she had visited Italy
almost annually. She loved it there and even sent money to help out the family of her gondolier—the equivalent of a taxi driver for the
canals of Venice. When I was born, she asked that instead of being called "Granny," she be known as "Nonny," a variation on Nona,
the Italian word for grandmother. She was very fond of me, her first and only grandchild until eight years later when the first of my
siblings was born.

She wasn't a cookie baking, knitting "granny" sort. She was a forceful, energetic, woman whose hair remained a light brown with
occasional gray roots between visits to the hairdresser, for all of her eighty years. She enjoyed my youthful company and we spent
many afternoons playing card games or going to the various church fairs that occurred all during the summer months while I was
growing up. She would give me money to buy trinkets from the White Elephant table or pony rides, while she checked out what was
being offered to the people attending the fairs.

She was a passionate gardener and grew lots of flowers as well as vegetables, in a number of gardens presided over by Mr. Patch,
an Irishman with a squeaky voice. I remember that he wore overalls and seemed always to have a gardening implement in his hand.
There were two narrow flowerbeds beside the gravel walk that led to her front porch. Each and every year they were lined with
Zinnias. I can see them even now, so bright and strong, like her. I never heard her complain or bemoan her condition. She was an
inspiring example of strength and fortitude as well as generosity.

While some of her attitudes and opinions were old fashioned—she believed that a "lady" ought not to have a job or work for money,
she kept up with current affairs and read three newspapers daily. She also did volunteer work and gave generously to charity. As I
advance in age I have grown to appreciate her more than ever. She loved life. Born in a time before automobiles, during the twenties
through thirties and forties, she drove her Pontiac through every state in the union. She passed on in 1959. I feel fortunate to have
had her in my life for as long as I did. She was a fine example of aging in a positive way, and as I too age, I am even more grateful to
her.

May you find ways to set a good example for those who might be inspired by it.

PS Who in your life as an inspiration to you? I love it when my readers share their stories. Do write me with any examples, thoughts
or suggestions. Your letters are treasured and I will always answer them.

I love to hear from readers and would be honored if you would comment and let me know any suggestions or thoughts. If a friend sent you this, you can sign up at my web site, www.heartwingslovenotes.com, where more love notes can be found in the archives.

Blessings and Best Regards,
Tasha Halpert
 

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