America, listen to Granny

America, listen to Granny

Grandmother Scarberry, whom I affectionately always called “Granny” until the day she died, was an inspirational matriarch in the family, especially in my life. Outside of God and my wife, Gena, my mom and Granny were the two bedrocks and influences in my life. There are no greater or more passionate culture warriors that I know of than these three ladies. Their advice for America is the stuff our republic was founded upon and needs today. …

“I never graduated from high school. And I don’t have a degree from an academic institution. But I’m pretty sure I’ve earned a doctorate from the school of hard knocks.

“My age is now my resume. My experiences are my credentials. And my beliefs about God and faith come from nine decades of reading the Good Book and practicing its principles.”

Mom, Granny and their generations epitomized what it means to be great Americans. We can benefit from their amazing examples if we slow down and take the time to hear their stories and perspectives on life, love and legacy.

Enduring hardship was the name of the game back then. There was no prize without perseverance. It’s all still true and necessary today. But in the words of Brooks Hatlen, the elderly convict in “The Shawshank Redemption” who was released from prison at a ripe old age: “The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.” And with it, our patience and perseverance have waned.

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