A-to-Z 2015 C is for Cheerful

Cheerful. That was always one of the first words used to describe my grandmother. She was one of those people who had a sunny disposition.  It didn’t matter that she had severe osteoarthritis, which caused huge knots on her hands and feet or that her knees sounded like an old wooden rocking chair when she moved from standing to sitting or back.  She always had a smile and a good word for people. It was always a pleasure to visit Grandma. I knew that she would be happy and cheerful.  Of course, that she would always feed me didn’t hurt either 🙂 A great trait of people with good character is that they are Cheerful.

Emerson on cheerfulness

Emerson on cheerfulness

34 thoughts on “A-to-Z 2015 C is for Cheerful

  1. njmagas

    That’s the exact opposite of my grandmother. Cranky and cynical were probably the better words for her. Still, she had very practical advice to give me, growing up. Specifically “Don’t marry the first man who asks” was a favorite of hers.
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    1. shawn

      I am glad you picked up some good advice from her. It just breaks my heart when I find people that are cranky and cynical because it is a choice they have made. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

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      1. njmagas

        I think for the most part my grandmother (and my mother, too, good god I need to watch out) were trapped in the social expectations of their times and ended up feeling very unfulfilled as people with their own hopes and dreams. I loved spending time with my grandmother when she was alive. Her home was a quiet sanctuary away from the chaos at my own house, and I like to think it was nice for her, too, to have some company, living so far away from her brothers and sisters and having no friends of her own.

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        1. shawn

          I’m glad you enjoyed the time you spent with her. It was much the same for me. I loved going to visit Grandma.
          We do tend to become like our parents, grandparents, and other we spend time around. Sadly this is why I limited my time with some of my relatives. They were very negative and I chose not to allow that in my life. I still love them, and they have gotten better over the years. 🙂

  2. Sue Archer

    I so admire older people who are experiencing pain but manage to see outside of themselves and make things better for others. I hope to be that way someday.

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    1. shawn

      Very true. Grandma was very inspiring to me in many ways. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts!

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  3. Alex Hurst

    As a kindergarten/elementary school teacher, this has to be my mantra! I was once teaching a student, and halfway through the lesson, my knee popped out of its socket. It was the first time something like that had ever happened to me, and it hurt soooo bad! But I just kept going through my lesson, slowly guiding my leg back into place, and smiling. ^^; Good practice!

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    1. shawn

      Yes, she was and I agree. I hope to spread cheer, responsibility and other good character traits 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.

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  4. NotAPunkRocker

    People of good character, who have their priorities in life straight, those are the cheerful ones. I am glad to hear your grandmother was one of those! 🙂

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  5. Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu

    Your grandma must have been an inspiring lady. Spending time with such cheerful people is an uplifting experience. Your own problems and worries seem to shrink while in their company.
    Thank you for sharing these memories with us. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

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