Optimism is looking at what you have, the situation you are in and finding the good in it. Grandma certainly had grounds to complain if any one ever did. Granddaddy retired from the mines on disability and Grandma had severe osteoarthritis. But Grandma always looked at what she had and not at what she did not. It was definitely a much simpler time and life-style. I know my kids would be “bored to death” if we lived like my grandparents did. But I always managed to be occupied when I spent time with my grandparents. I enjoyed helping Grandma cook, sew and quilt. Granddaddy taught me how shoot, milk cows and set dynamite. They both had so much to teach me, to teach all of us. And if they ran out of things for me to do, Grandma always had a Zane Grey novel for me to read. Of all the things I learned from Grandma, I think one of the most important of these was optimism.