Temperance has many meanings. The one I’m using is temperance as virtue. Basically it means to practice moderation and personal restraint. This could be in anything: eating, drinking, smoking, living, spending, etc. Grandma helped me understand this not by teaching me the word and it’s meaning, but by living it. While my grandparents were not well-off, they did have an abundance of food and friends. She always practiced moderation, except when she was practicing charity, then was generous. I really didn’t understand that I had even learned this lesson until I was older. It has served me well, temperance.