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Greatness defined - my grandma

Posted on May 29, 2017 at 12:45 AM

This weekend one of the TV stations here in the U.S. is having a Harry Potter Weekend.  It made me think about J.K. Rowling giving an interview of how Harry Potter came about.  That of course made me think about all these people talking about how great she is.  That made me think about what we think is greatness in a person.

Most of us think of someone as great who is a celelbrity.  That could be the case.  There are many celebrities one could think of who fits that bill.  But I automatically went to someone none of you know (unless of course you're related to me!)  I went immediately to my grandmother.

Growing up I was close to my grandparents, Jennie and Beano.  I would hang out with them on all my school breaks.  My sister would stay with my parents but I would always get to stay with Grandma and Grandpa.  I even lived with them while I was going to the local community college.

So why did I think of my grandmother when I was thinking of greatness?  She wasn't famous.  She didn't do anything out of the ordinary.  So what was it about her that makes me think she's great?  She cared about me and she gave me her time.  

You know thise people who you can call whenever?  She was that person.  She had an 8:00am Saturday morning call with me each week.  She never told me that she was too busy to talk.  Maybe once in a while she'd have to go to finish cooking something but most of the time we'd be on the phone for over an hour just hanging out.  She didn't ever get on the phone and say 'Kimmy, I don't feel like talking."  She never made me feel like I was bothering her.  She always made me feel like she was waiting for me to call and wanted to spend time with me.

She would teach me how to cook and always delghted when I would cook for her. Even now, I LOVE making her meatballs.  I still don't make them as good she did but I love knowing it's something she taught me how to make.

We would sit and watch game shows together every evening.  She loved Price is Right during the day and Wheel of Fortune at night.  She was great at Wheel! One of my earliest memories is watcing To Tell the Truth with her while my grandfather was out bowling.  We would sit and watch together and talk about the prizes people won and which ones we liked best. 

So why did I write about my grandmother today?  Just because in my eyes she's great.  She came  to my mind today and I felt like sharing her with the rest of the world today.

Who comes to mind when you think of a great person in your life?

Kim McAllister, North Carolina USA :)

Categories: Kindness, Love

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Reply Scott
1:43 AM on May 29, 2017 
Thank you, Kim, for a wonderful post redefining what "greatness" is all about. We may not all be J.K. Rowlings, but greatness is not defined solely by fame as you observe. I love the portrait you paint of your Grandmother and the profound difference she made in your life. By the love she showed you in caring about you, about listening to you, about making time for you, she modeled in her life the same profound qualities and values of compassion, and kindness that has marked your life for God and Good, not only in the lives of your family and friends, but so many other people as well. Your grandmother sounds like an extraordinary woman who listened with her heart and head, just like you do, and I know she would be (and is) profoundly proud of who you've become and who she saw you were when you were younger. Thank you for sharing her with the rest of us for in so doing you help redefine what "greatness" is, too. Mother Teresa wisely observed that while we may not always able to do great things (like J.K. Rowling for example), we COULD do small things with great love. Sounds like she had your grandmother in mind. And there's no reason that any of us can't do the same, too. And more than that, your question at the end helps us all to ponder the people who have affected us in ways that still shape our lives today. Thank you once again for a post that long after I read it, still lingers in my imagination. Among your many talents, you are a gifted writer. Thank you for sharing your gift with the rest of us, too.