I haven’t done a Five Minute Friday post in quite a while. I haven’t been ignoring it, I have enjoyed reading a number of posts but sitting down and putting words on a screen have escaped me in this area lately. This week’s word has me thinking though so here I sit in the morning quiet at my keyboard tapping something out.
Influence, what an important word. We all, no matter how unimportant it may seem, help to influence those around us. Who was my greatest influence? My natural choice is my mother, whom we sadly lost at the young age of 48. Before she passed, she taught me about the important things in life. To care for others and always think of those who are less fortunate than yourself.
Sadly, I lost another big influence in my life that year, my gramma. She taught me a lot of the practical things in life, how to sew and how to cook. How to bake and how to crochet. Although she had only gone to fourth grade in school and never had a lot, she was an amazing woman who managed to keep a home that was generous to others and always open to guests or those who might need a helping hand.
Thankfully, I have a wonderful group of friends who have helped fill in some of the gaps that losing my mother and gramma created. Wonderful women who are happy to support me when I’m feeling down or when I have questions about my kids, or more recently about homeschooling our grandson. Some of these are women I have known for years, others I have never met face-to-face, only through online groups, but both groups are positive influences in my life and I appreciate them.
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