Yesterday was my Grandmother’s funeral.
Many people have told me they are sorry for my loss. But I’ve had nothing but gain. My Grammy, Lillian (Anderson) Sprau, was 100.5. She was a purebred Norwegian saint from Minnesota. She was the sweetest, kindest person I have ever met.
She was also fun and funny. She loved to travel. She loved a good party. And she loved her family. She was married for 67 years before my Grampy realized he couldn’t keep up with her at 92. She had 9 children, 23 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren (not including those of us regular grandchildren who were also great).
I used to call my Grammy regularly on my commute home from work. We would talk about all kinds of things; from weather to family happenings to politics to travel to world news to sports. I would always spend a part of the conversation talking about our family heritage. I knew that Grammy was my best source of family history, and that she wouldn’t be around forever.
On one of our calls, when Grammy was in her northern 90’s, I asked her, ‘What is the key to living so long?’ She paused a moment, then stated confidently,
‘I think you can’t take everything so seriously.’
That is some great Grammy advice.
The stress we feel when we take life so seriously wears down our machinery. As of 2017, humanic machinery still can’t be replaced. So often we take work, politics, sports, family, school and social interactions so seriously that it takes years off of our lives.
As you go about your day today, remember my Grammy’s words. Don’t take everything so seriously. Don’t stress yourself out. Don’t let others do it to you either. Have fun. Find the humor in life. Laugh more. And live more.