It’s time for another installment in the ‘Grandmother Great Always Said’ series.
My grandmother (the great-grandkids called her Grandmother Great or even Grandmother Grape) was the absolute best. She could cook, she could sew, she earned her 1st class radiotelegraph operator’s license (whatever that is), and she ran a business out of her home until she was 89. She didn’t sit around twiddling her thumbs. No one ever accused her of being lazy.
If grandmother needed a break she would sit and work a crossword puzzle. Or she would crochet a bedspread. Or she would read. Time was not wasted at her house.
I have been told by my husband on several occasions that I need to chill out. But compared to my grandmother, I’m a lazy bum.
When we would go visit, inevitably one of us kids would be standing in the kitchen (probably in the way) listening to the grown-ups talk. Grandmother would plop a dishrag in our hands, point us towards the kitchen sink and say “Why don’t you make yourself useful as well as decorative”.
Now that I have my own little ‘decorative pieces’ around the house, I see the value in this statement. I’ve heard this phrase come out of my mouth more than a few times.
The kids roll their eyes (just like I did), laugh at me and then, reluctantly, get to work.
I’m pretty sure it works because there is a compliment buried in there.
So, the moral of the story???
Flattery will get you everywhere…
To get the previous printable in the series, click here. 🙂