Granny Appreciation

My grandmother turned 91 this week and she’s as quick-witted as ever! It’s a joy to talk to her — her southern tone is always warm and welcoming. She lives alone in her house in Tennessee, where she’s visited by family and church friends every day. She’s always loved sports, but developed a new love of soccer at the age of 90, thanks to my husband Oyama. When I asked her how she’s lived this long, she told me she thought it was because she has always kept busy, with things to do and things to look forward to doing. She loves her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she enjoys using her vacuum cleaner, dusting, and whipping-up some pinto beans and cornbread, green beans and mashed potatoes for family and visitors. On her porch two rocking chairs sit, where she loves to rock as we visit and the kids play in the yard. All kids love her porch swing–such good memories! She used to be an avid seamstress and, at one point in her life, made parachutes and panty hose in a factory. She’s got a great smile, a positive attitude, and an open mind. She taught me endurance and perseverance and to find laughter in life, no matter what. She likes talking about her life as much as I enjoy asking her questions, so we have some great conversations. She always ends our calls with a “goodbye, I love you, come visit when you can … I’ll be here.”


Acupuncturist, herbalist, Maya abdominal practitioner, and reflexologist Christina Morris is the founder of Element Natural Healing Arts. Writing about health and wellness gives her an outlet to express her care and concern for her beloved community. She believes everyone can achieve better health and happiness–emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

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