And She’s 16!

Today is our beloved granddaughter’s 16th birthday. It is so hard to believe she is a full-fledged teenager and has her driver’s permit!  We saw her briefly last week.  She is pictured above on the right.

As I was thinking about her milestone birthday a few weeks ago, I came across this post: An Open Letter to My Grandchildren – 10 things I want them to know. It is worth checking out her post to see the descriptions for each. I think most are spot on and include:

  • Live life on your own terms
  • Whatever you do, throw your heart into it
  • No matter what happens to you, take responsibility
  • Be a lifelong learner
  • There are beautiful people everywhere
  • Feelings are mutual
  • Expect the best
  • Laugh often
  • Don’t forget your connection to all of nature
  • Make the world a better place

 I certainly agree with most of them and would call out:

  • Live life on your own terms
  • Be a lifelong learner – be open to new ideas and experiences and read books!
  • Laugh often – laughter keeps you sane
  • Connect to nature – get outside every day and explore the forests and beaches when you can
  • Take responsibility – always a good idea and will make you a better person

I would also add to the list:

  • Travel often
  • Make new friends and keep the old
  • Always have a pet
  • Take care of your health – physical, emotional, and spiritual
  • Speaking of sprit, have a connection with the spirit – in whatever way works for you
  • Honor who you are – don’t try and imitate someone else, just be your own best self.

We are lucky to have M as a granddaughter.  She is smart, wise, gets along well with people, loves animals and holds her own in the best possible way!

So happy birthday, dear granddaughter!

Grandma A

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