|Mother on the steps of a building at Winthrop College (now Winthrop University)|
That being said, I'm not sure why my grandparents put such value on getting a formal education.
They did quite well. Granddaddy owned the only dry cleaners in their small town and he built that business all by himself. Not that I don't still have that importance ingrained in my very being because I do. It's not only still there, it's so deep that I will never be able to 'unbelieve' it. However, the lessons I learned from those two 'uneducated' people were more valuable than anything I learned from those three degrees.
|Granddaddy and me. I ADORED that man.|
|Grandmother and me. I ADORED her too!|
Do I put a value on obtaining a good education? Of course, When the lovelies were growing up they knew that their formal education wasn't over until that college degree was in their hands.But I hope they also learned more important lessons like the ones I learned outside the school setting.
Yes, I value a formal education. Yes, I have tons of stories about school and learning- stories of frustration, hilarity, turbulence, sadness, happiness, excitement... But the lessons I learned from my grandparents far outweigh any of that. And if I have imparted just some of those lessons to the lovelies, I've done a pretty good job. Now we are blessed to have another little one to share these lessons with. Hopefully, these lessons will help her become one of the ones of her generation to make that difference we so desperately need in the world.