I was surprised to see that it was Granny, of all people, who made the trip to the city to visit me. She called ahead and made plans and told me she would take me to lunch. I was thrilled but cautious.
"I'm sorry, Fran, I've been so hard on you in recent years. I really think you have a lot of potential if you try."
"Sometimes I feel like I'm spinning my wheels and nothing good is happening. I'm still stuck in the mud."
"Well, life isn't always easy. I was a single mother when it wasn't the in thing to be. It was hard finding jobs that paid me well enough to support us. Employers though the best position I should ever strive to achieve is secretary."
"I thought you enjoyed working."
"No, I did it because I had to to survive. For years, that's what you did, too, Fran. You worked to put a roof over your head, to pay for a car, to put food on your plate, but you weren't happy."
I hung my head and Granny went on. "Turning 30 wasn't the end of the world, Fran. It was a new beginning. Now you can let all the foolishness of youth behind and do what you want to do to make yourself happy. You can take all the life lessons you learned and use those to make your dreams come true. And I hope you will."
"I want to, Granny."
"Make your dreams come true, Fran, because no one can do it for you."