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What my Grandmother Told Me
Essay by: Joanne Ranucci, Married, 5 Children, 8 Grandchildren, 1997
Contact Joanne: Lilac32@aol.com
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    First, I would say to my grandchildren, "I wish I was there  with you, because I would love to see the new advancements on earth and in space." In our lifetime, we saw some things our great - grandparents and grandparents did not see. For instance, TV, computers, fax machines, cars, airplanes, telephones, radios, washing machines, refrigerators, etc., etc.  I'd tell them about a five-cent subway ride and a one cent stick of gum, movies at 25 cents and . . . you spent the whole day there . . . with two movies and lots of action serials. I know they'd find that hard to believe; how we played outdoors with games like kick-the-can, stoop-ball, jacks, Johnny-on-the-pony, etc., etc. We did not have TV. But most of all, I would tell them, "Keep your aspirations high; have goals; do not be like a ship on an uncharted course. I'd tell them to save and invest.  I'd tell them how special they are and how much I love them.  I'd spend as much time as I could with them. Talking, laughing, reading, baking cupcakes and hugging. Then, they will do the same to their children and the good example will just keep passing on from generation to generation. I would tell them what my grandmother told me and I never forgot, 
    "Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today."
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