Pearls of Wisdom

My sweet great grandmother "Mom" was one amazing women...she lived until she was 103 after all!  Some things I loved about her were her name - William Johnson Young (her daddy named her after himself and everyone who loved her called her either Bill or Willie), her love for roses and plants, her cooking skills (everything from scratch), the way she didn't own a trash can in her kitchen, how she dressed up as a scary old lady for Halloween every year, her love for Mexico, and most importantly her love for the Lord.  She was so very fun to be around and a wealth of knowledge and experience.  I remember interviewing her in High School when she lived with us and being so amazed at how our conversation went from her memories of the Depression to her thoughts on 9/11.  She was sharp as a tack until the day she went to be with Jesus and I am so thankful that Bill Young was such a big part of my life.  

She created this "pearls of wisdom" list and I thought I should share it.  I hope it inspires you as it has inspired me!


Go to Church, pray and read the Bible

Have a garden

Travel to Mexico

If you have a pet-make it a farm animal

Cook from scratch, use no recipe & never tell anyone what’s in it

Do something kind for the homeless & volunteer at your church

Buy things from a local merchant

Own a Farmer’s Almanac…grow things that you can eat

Read books

Milk a cow…make some butter…pick wild berries

Visit your grandmother on a regular basis

Make sure and have roses in your garden and only the fragrant ones

Surround yourself with lots of friends

Learn to drive at a very young age

Build something from lumber

Go to the country…live in a small town…walk to the store

Sleep on a porch

Be a farmer or rancher… live off the land & and eat what you kill

Learn to take responsibility at an early age

Work until you have blisters

Don’t take medicine unless you really need to

Use Aloe Vera for almost everything

Recycle almost everything

Tell the truth…don’t whine

Have friends that are much older than you

Visit a cemetery-even if you don’t know anyone in it

Worship at a small town church, especially if they plant roses

Don’t go on a diet…don’t ever chew gum

Be always kind and true

And… take a nap everyday