It was our first family vacation in 7 years and as my husband and daughter settled into the row in front of me, I took the middle seat between two strangers and began to fumble with my seatbelt. It was okay that we separated; I had a book to read and a few hours to relax from the usual frantic pace of getting a family packed and out of town. Then I made eye contact with Ophelia, the beautiful grandmother sitting next to me. The remainder of that flight was filled with laughter and words of wisdom we all need to hear.
Ophelia’s Words of Wisdom
Google is the new ‘they.’ Used to, ‘they’ knew all the answers, now Google has that covered.”
Ah, so much truth in that short little statement! Google has answered my tech questions, satiated my most random bouts of curiosity, and transformed me into a cool social media guru in the eyes of my daughter’s college friends. Gone are the massive encyclopedia collections in every home, the 10 pound dictionaries, even the newspapers. Nostalgia aside, I’m kinda okay with the whole instant genius thing. 😉'Google is the new 'they.' 'They' used to know all the answers, now Google has that covered.' Ophelia's #WordsOfWisdom Click To Tweet
No matter how good your hair was as a teenager, as you get older, it will change. But for every hair problem, there is a hair product. Find it and use it, Honey!”
I find myself more thankful for this truth with every lost strand! My current absolute favorite is Big Sexy Hair’s Volumizing Treatment. This stuff is magic, people, sheer magic.'For every hair problem, there is a hair product. Find it and use it, Honey!' Ophelia's #WordsOfWisdom Click To Tweet
You never know what will happen when you smile, so always, always smile! Better yet, laugh!”
How right she was! A simple smile led to the most pleasant plane ride ever. Smiles welcome others into our space and often open the door to both personal and professional opportunities. When I first moved to “the city” from my small hometown, a new friend pulled me aside and advised me to stop smiling at everyone because it “sent the wrong message.” Okay, I was 22, single, and I probably did need to be a bit more discerning. However, I’m not 22 anymore so bring on the laughter!'You never know what will happen when you smile, so always, always smile!' Click To Tweet
Never, ever stop dancing! If you don’t know how, learn!”
Ophelia, this grandmother sitting next to me, was on her way to a 3 day dance competition – ballroom, swing, step, and hand dancing — not as a spectator, but as a competitor. You go, Ophelia!! There’s a certain thrill in getting over your own awkwardness and enjoying the dance, both literally (on the dance floor) and figuratively (in your life experience). Life is too short to be a wallflower! So for the high schooler on her way to her first prom, for the young adult diving into independence, for the empty nest mama wondering what’s next, I have the same wish: “I hope you dance!”'Never, ever stop dancing! If you don't know how, learn!' Ophelia's #WordsOfWisdom Click To Tweet
It’s been two years since my conversation with Ophelia, but I’ve thought of her often. In my mind’s eye, I’ve seen her on that dance floor and sat at her kitchen table laughing over a family story. Thanks to one little smile, a sweet conversation, and despite being a truly horrible dancer, I’m choosing to be much less of a wallflower.
Could you resonate with any of Ophelia’s words of wisdom? In the comments, please let me know what spoke to you — or just what your favorite hair product is! And if this portrayal of Ophelia made you smile, share this post freely and encourage your friends!
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