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My great grandmother Mollie was a tough lady. All of my memories of her were of her being strong, opinionated, hardworking, and outspoken. The thing that made her stand out from a lot of other people, though, was that she did everything with a spirit of love. My great-grandmother was a seamstress in Philadelphia. She worked at a cleaners in Center City. The thing that was interesting about that is that they had her sitting in the front window because she was so personable and everybody loved her.
When I found out I was pregnant, I called my great-grandmother and expected her to be disappointed and upset because I was going to be a single mom. I learned then that she had been a single mother for a time herself as well. She didn’t let that stop her,though. She bought a house and she took care of her children, and she even took care of other people’s children. I mean, all of the neighborhood kids loved to come to her house because it was always warm, they were always welcome, and there was food.
She raised really awesome kids who turned around and had really awesome kids. The spirit of toughness that my grandmother passed along to all of us, and the legacy of just being strong that she left with us, is everything. We have learned from her that being tough is about the way that you handle everyday life situations. It’s not buckling under the pressures of life. Instead of being stressed out and pessimistic, my grandmother was always joyful, positive, and uplifting, and she shared that with us. I try to take that into everything that I do now.
That’s what tough is to me, not buckling under the pressures of life, and remembering to take the time to enjoy it. Brawny® is sharing the stories of other everyday heroes like my great-grandmother, Mollie. Share your story with Brawny® on Twitter: @Brawny, or Facebook: www.facebook.com/Brawny Make sure you check out the inspirational video series featuring Everyday Heroes from Brawny®: http://www.brawny.com/tough-to-the-core