Mothers know a lot, but grandmothers know everything. We may think of our grandmothers as old fashioned and orthodox but they have the wisdom and the experience to give us invaluable lessons. Here are some of the lessons we can learn from them.
1. Self discipline – Early to bed, early to rise!Our grandmothers led a much-disciplined life. In order to look after the family and house, they got a good night’s sleep and woke up fresh and happy.
They had the time for the most important meal of the day- breakfast.
2. Good values-Our grandmothers have lived by good values. Honesty, integrity, obeying rules, law and order were important to them. They maintained good relationships with everyone and respected and treated everyone equally. They helped the poor and needy. They avoided wastage as they valued money, food, water and electricity.
They cultivated in us good manners and habits – offering your seat to someone in need, awaiting your turn,saying sorry when required,sitting upright and reading in good light and coming back home before it was dark.
Punctuality was of utmost importance- they would be a few minutes before time than a few seconds late.
4.Home cures and remedies– Grandmas always had home remedies for just about everything- homemade herbal mix to fight coughs and colds, a glass of milk with a pinch of turmeric before bedtime for a sore throat, eucalyptus oil for a runny nose, carom seeds for tummy ache, clove oil for toothache and turmeric paste for little scratch or wounds .
5. Traditional recipes– Our grandmothers have preserved and passed down some of the traditional family recipes and her personal recipes thereby carrying on the family tradition. They always used fresh homemade ingredients. They also added the most important ingredient to their recipes- love. They made spices by using a mortar, a pestle, and a grinding stone. Some of her homemade recipes are priceless- curries, pickles, festive treats and preserves.
6. Ageing gracefully– They did this by accepting the changes that ageing brings. They followed a regular routine, a healthy diet and lifestyle. They never complained of hair loss, as they never used any harsh chemicals. They advised us to massage our scalp with hair oil. They made homemade face packs- gram flour mixed with curd and sandalwood paste for glowing skin. They remained active and occupied- gardening, knitting, reading, playing with young grandchildren, spending time with nature, pets and loved ones.
7. An uncomplicated life – They led a simple life- spoke less, gossiped less and judged less. They only bought things that were needed, valued them and made the most of them. They cooked fresh food, ate less, and enjoyed it. They slept better and could focus on what really mattered. They showed us how to be happy and satisfied with less.