As you may already know, my Grandmother died this past week.  It was sad but not in a painful sort of way; not for me at least.  My grandmother was 100 when she died.  She led a rich, full life and was sharp minded until the very end.  For me her death has been a bittersweet experience of memories and letting go. 

In the days leading up to and after her death, my dad started commenting on all the things that Grandma (his mother) had taught him.  He got very contemplative about it and ended up giving her a heartfelt tribute at her memorial service, as any eulogy should. 

I also started thinking about all the things Grandma taught me.  While my list may seem trivial, it actually isn’t.  Someday, if I’m motivated, maybe I’ll be able to expand on my top 10 list of things I learned from Grandma:

10. Be a member of the clean plate club.

9. Always empty out a drawer for overnight guests.

8. Don’t leave shoes on the table. It’s bad luck and also gross.

7. Never underestimate the power of a thank you note.

6. If you’re going to cheat at solitaire you might as well not play.

5. Pumpkin pie filling is made with half and half, NOT evaporated milk.

4. Don’t use the guest towels hanging in the bathroom; use the paper towels placed by the sink.

3. Skelatonkey is actually two words.

2. A “dot” is more than a tablespoon but less than two forkfuls.

And the number one thing I learned from Grandma Teetsel:

Bea Arthur was a bitch. (But didn’t completely ruin Golden Girls.)

I love you Gramma! 

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