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Quotes of the Day for 7 September 2003 – Grandparents

Today is Grandparents Day in the US, an observance I didn't even know existed until a couple of days ago. It was established as the Sunday following Labor Day in 1979, by which time I had no grandparents to visit with. But these quotes bring back some fond memories.

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The quotes:

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

My Mama Grande, a tiny Mayan woman, took me aside when I was an adolescent and told me several things that didn't make a bit of sense to my young and inattentive ears, and as young people tend to waste all attempts of our elders to relay wisdom accumulated over the decades, I thought my Mama Grande had a few mice in the attic.
     - Ana Castillo

Being pretty on the inside means you don't hit your brother and you eat all your peas - that's what my grandma taught me.
     - Elizabeth Heller

Grandma was a kind of first-aid station, or a Red Cross nurse, who took up where the battle ended, accepting us and our little sobbing sins, gathering the whole of us into her lap, restoring us to health and confidence by her amazing faith in life and in a mortal's strength to meet it.
     - Lillian Smith

Grandpa ... was ever ready to cheer and help me, ever sure that I was a remarkable specimen. He was a dear old man who asked little from life and got less.
     - Miles Franklin

No one ... who has not known the inestimable privilege can possibly realize what good fortune it is to grow up in a home where there are grandparents.
     - Suzanne LaFollette


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