Little Girls who grow up to be Great Ladies

Parents and grandparents can help their little girls grow up to be great ladies Photo: YouTube

MISSOURI, December 16, 2013- Little girls who grow up to be great ladies often share a similar experience: parents and grandparents playing important roles in their lives. These women had parents and grandparents who lead by example, showing the importance of respect, being a person of integrity, showing compassion, and loving our fellow human beings.

I know one such great lady.

As a little girl, she went shopping with her mother and grandmother to learn the art of shopping. She watched her parent and grandparent and learned this expertise, handed from generation to generation.

Her mother led by example, and was always there to help her stay on that sometimes difficult straight and narrow path. She monitored her daughters academic progress, always dishing out large helpings of love and compassion along the way.

She spent many over-nights at her grandparent’s house, with grandma discussing the bible and grandpa educating her on history, including his own experiences in World War II. Most importantly, they talked about social values, the basics the grandparents had learned in the 30s and 40s, that provided a foundation for her to carry through her life.

That basis help this great lady attend university, on a scholarship.

At her sorority Delta Zeta, the young lady participated in a philanthropic auction to benefit the university. Her parents and grandparents were in attendance ostensibly to participate in the auction, but the hidden agenda was to see the young ladies in action. The young lady gave a short speech to start the auction, and it was amazing to watch.

They were organized; social skills were obvious and as a result; the audience really got into the bidding. There were two older gentlemen bidding for a hand-carved  Indian walking cane, and the laughter and clapping of hands was contagious. However, this was due to the young ladies who created that climate.                

This occasion made many to realize there is hope in this world.

Great Ladies benefit from their parents and grandparents. They bring hope and great accomplishments. They also remind us that maybe, just maybe, this nation can regain the social values that were present some decades ago.

However, that’s from a time and place I am from -

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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.

Charles is a fifty-four-year career in technology retiring at the directors level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a free-lance columnist, published three books, over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, radio interviews, one television commercial and finally married for sixty-five years, four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grand children. 

Charles is also a Navy veteran.

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