Grandma’s Advice

I’m happy to say I have my first guest blogger! In a way, my 97 grandmother Sue is my chosen guest for this post. She’s not hip to Twitter but she is a former English teacher who has a way with words beyond 140 characters.

Two weeks ago my dad sent me an email saying, ‘your grandmother is tired and says she’s ready to go. You should book a flight home.’

Sue Denver

That flight home was this past weekend, and I had a great time spending a couple more days with her. On Saturday we finished brunch at her senior living facility. As she got ready for a nap smiling at me, I asked if she had any advice on how to lead a happy life and marriage.

“Happy marriage? You just need to listen to her. Just really listen to her when she talks.” Then she leaned back in her chair laughing and said, “and you’ve got to have a great sense of humor. If you can’t laugh together, you won’t ever make it.”

That simple: Really listen. Have a sense of humor.



*Grandma, Grandpa, Cakemonster. Pre-Instagram.


Thoughts? What’s the best advice you’ve received from your grandparents? Comment below and tune in next week when I explain why US Airways isn’t good at math. 

6 thoughts on “Grandma’s Advice

  1. merril boruchin Spielman

    I loved hearing about Aunt Sue.. I too would agree that a sense of humor is necessary for marriage and for life.. Aunt Sue is 97!!! AMAZING.. how wonderful for everyone to have cherished a life that long… wonderful..
    I miss my husband, my brother, my mom and dad as well… a sense of humor is key to getting through the dark times..and service… I travel around the world when i am not subbing to pay for my airline tickets… Thank you for sharing Aunt Sue with me!!

  2. Whitney Petersen

    My 90 year old Nana’s advice on making time for the important things:
    I said: “Well you better clear your schedule.”
    To which she replied: “That’s the easiest thing to do, clear a schedule, just rip out the page and its clear!”


    1. admin Post author

      Love that! Especially since us younger grandkids tend to lose track of the truly important things in our busy schedules.

  3. Jenna Nelson

    Appreciated every word of this, Pat. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Because I’m nostalgic and insistently romantic, I always ask my endeared for their advice on life and marriage when they hit large milestones. I think the best response I have ever received was from my Grandma Kitty, “Don’t take yourself so seriously. Humility is the best gift you can give yourself.”


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