5 Things we can all learn from my Great Grandmother


My great grandmother, affectionately known within the family as Nana Kitty, is a 92-year-old pocket rocket. I’m not kidding. The urban dictionary defines the term pocket rocket as:

A petite, vivacious woman.

And do you know what? Despite being in her nineties, she has so much vigour and energy for life itself we could all learn a few things from her. So here’s what I have learned so far.

  1. Don’t take shit lying down

Safe to say, Kitty has had a few punch ups with a fair few illnesses in her time. Some right nasty buggers in the shape of viruses or infections that try keep her down and out. But she’s a bloody fighter. As soon as she is able to, she’s up and about again. Even if it takes all of her strength to leave her bed she’s knocking the living daylights out of those nasty bugs showing them who’s boss. So here’s what I think, when you’re sick- sure take a rest- but as soon as you are able, get up and shower. There’s life in you yet.

  1. Give and give and give

You walk into nana’s house, and even if you don’t want anything, you’ll get something. You’ll be fed treats, and offered hot drinks, there are always cold drinks in the pantry (this is usually preferable for her baking hot living room). She’ll give you laughs and stories, and you’ll leave there feeling lighter and genuinely so grateful you went to see her. She’ll give you all of her attention and she is genuinely interested in what you have to say. Could you do this? Actually give the people around you all of your generosity and attention? The world would be a better place is everyone did, don’t you think?

  1. Have faith

There is a permanent smile on Kitty’s face. I think it’s because she knows that this place in the universe we call home is a blessing. She has unwavering faith, that she is deserving of a place on this earth and nobody can tell her any differently. At least that’s the impression I get from her and it makes me want to follow in her footsteps by never taking a day for granted.

  1. Don’t be afraid

She’s not afraid to ask for help. I know this because my Dad is around there often, fixing this and that, and he doesn’t bat an eyelid. He dotes on her and would do anything in this world to help her. But she has no pride to get in the way of asking, and anyway he won’t leave empty handed (as previously mentioned)! She’s wise in that way. Imagine if we could all ask exactly the right people, for exactly the help we need, at any time. The world would be a different, more harmonious place – of that I’m sure.

  1. Surround yourself with love

You could say she is the matriarch of the family, but I don’t like the negative connotations attached to that word… but you get the idea. She is the empress, the queen, and she is idolised. Very rarely will you go over her house and be the only visitor. People want to be around her and she wants them around. Try do this, try surround yourself with people you love… or people you like at the very least.

You can just imagine the type of woman she is. I practically had to wrestle the trowel off her to finish her gardening (see below). Imagine- she was worried about me (in my twenties) getting on my knees to do the job!

That’s Nana Kitty in a nutshell. Today I pay homage to an incredible role model in my life, and I am so grateful for her.



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