Tell us your Grandparents’ words of wisdom & WIN

by Charlotte.Barnes on September 23, 2010

Grandparents' DayOver the last week it’s been really lovely reading some of the words of wisdom your grandparents have passed on to you. We’ve judged the entries in our competition to find the best and have picked the three winners…

In third place was Jo Bryan with this:

‘To be 80 years young is far happier than to be forty years old’

Jo has won the gorgeous Hamper Gift for Her/Him worth £20.

In second place was Tracy Brown with this:

‘Never be afraid to shed a tear. The more you cry, the less you tiddle!’

Tracy has won a Breakfast Tray worth £30

Grandparents' Day 2nd prize

And congratulations to our winner, Lynn Savage, who entered with this:

‘Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue.’

Lynn wins a fantastic Luxurious Hamper worth £45

Grandparents' Day 1st prize

Thank you to all those who entered, and don’t forget that Grandparents’ Day 2010 is on Sunday October 3rd. For a special gift for your grandparents visit

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Any entries submitted after September 29th will not be counted. After September 29th Interflora will choose the best three entries. The winners will be contacted to arrange delivery of their prize.

Rude or offensive entries will not be counted, so keep it clean to be in with a chance of winning. This competition is not open to Interflora employees.

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{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah 23 Sep 2010 at 12:48 pm

Look after your teeth and your smile will look after you!

Janet 23 Sep 2010 at 12:49 pm

Worse troubles at sea!

tracey rollings 23 Sep 2010 at 12:58 pm

look after the pennys the pounds will look after themselves

Laura Hadland 23 Sep 2010 at 12:59 pm

There are two things in life, things you can do something about and things you can’t. Only worry about the first ones.

Oh, that and “If you get caught short it’s perfectly reasonable to turn your underwear inside out for a second wear.”

I miss my grandad. Great guy.

Geri Gibson 23 Sep 2010 at 1:01 pm

Go to the pictures to cheer yourself up! (my gran raised 14 children in the poorest circumstances in the East End, she went to the local fleapit where for tuppence she could escape reality and watch her favourite cinema stars).

Kellie Sykes 23 Sep 2010 at 1:04 pm

Don’t carry sand in a string bag!!!


Remember the compliments you receive and forget the insults!!

lydia 23 Sep 2010 at 1:05 pm

don’t sweat the small stuff

Sandy 23 Sep 2010 at 1:06 pm

When out picking wild blackberries always pick the ones up high as the ones down below have been wee’d on by dogs! Never forgotten that little nugget.

Denise Whiteside 23 Sep 2010 at 1:07 pm

My Nana used to ay Take noticed girl what you do today will come back two fold tomorrow
and never go to bed on a argument
And been there , done that,

juliette 23 Sep 2010 at 1:08 pm

Only do to others things you would do for yourself – you never know when you will meet that person again

Nicky Russell 23 Sep 2010 at 1:13 pm

If you don’t have the money in your back pocket… you dont spend it !!!! That was my grandad’s best advice to me… I ve not been in debt, and to that I m eternally grateful to my pop 🙂

Lauren Smith 23 Sep 2010 at 1:18 pm

My Nan was a teacher, and I always rememberher saying to me “Don’t forget your tt’s” (two short sounding T’s) Ituse to infuriate me as a child but as i’ve grown up the importance or pronounciation and etiquette has become more apparent. So Thank-you Nan, and I shall not be forgetting my tt’s! x

nicola hawley 23 Sep 2010 at 1:28 pm

My grandparents are no longer living, but am entering this on behalf of my 13 year old daughter Saskia for my parents. Saskia is very close to my parents and the best advice so far that has been a tremendous help for her was when she was 11 and starting high school, she was fairly nervous as going from a school with 80 pupils to one with 1200. My mother sat her down and said the way for you to get on will be ‘to treat others as you would like to be treated yourself’ she has heeded this and is truly a wonderful girl she has a lot of good friends and thoroughly enjoys school life, with no back stabbing just enjoyment and confronting situations with a positive mind (my parents are 68 and 71)

HANNAH EVANS 23 Sep 2010 at 1:41 pm

“A friend is a person with whom you dare to be yourself”

My nan’s 101 so I daren’t doubt her!

catherine titcomb 23 Sep 2010 at 1:42 pm

my nan always says

”everything happens for a reason”

simple but true 🙂

Helen R 23 Sep 2010 at 2:01 pm

Mine says a few…
“If you feel yourself falling, come down quick.”

“Be nice to people on the way up, because you might meet them on the way down.”

“Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.”

Chris Maloney 23 Sep 2010 at 3:38 pm

“If your senior tells you to jump over a hedge run across a field, check there’s not a machine gun nest in the top corner because it will shoot you. What I’m trying to say is ‘look before you leap’, or you’ll get shot in the a*** like I did. Oh, and never trust your boss”

Andie Powell 23 Sep 2010 at 3:41 pm

My Gran told me that ‘Many men will catch your eye but only one will catch your heart’. Beautiful words from a beautiful lady. Miss you Gran x x

susie brown 23 Sep 2010 at 3:44 pm

u can pick your friends but not your family,family always come 1s no matter what.

lynsey graham 23 Sep 2010 at 3:45 pm

my nanna used to always tell us =
1] not to throw stones at glass house as it always smashes.
2] always keep your nose clean and shiny, [still to this day i dont know what she meant]

Geoff Daley 23 Sep 2010 at 3:59 pm

What the daughter does, the mother did already

Dee Daley 23 Sep 2010 at 4:04 pm

hearing your own words come out of your daughter’s mouth. i do it all the time

Lesley Porter 23 Sep 2010 at 4:09 pm

You may outgrow your parents lap, but you’ll will never outgrow there hearts.

Tina Bailey 23 Sep 2010 at 4:28 pm

“Ladies don’t chew gum”!
“a spoonful of malt will make your cold halt”

Beth 23 Sep 2010 at 5:03 pm

My Nan always used to quote the old rhyme:

‘The kiss of the sun for parden, the song of the birds for mirth,
You are nearer God’s heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth.’

emma furniss 23 Sep 2010 at 9:04 pm

Two pearls of wisdom from my grandma which were passed to her from my great grandmother:-

“It’s the living you should be afraid of, not the dead!”
“Neither a borrower or a lender be”

Tony Das 23 Sep 2010 at 9:38 pm

“If you can’t give to all don’t give to anyone”

My Indian granadmother on my first visit to meet her in Bombay said these words of wisdom to me when I first encountered all the beggers at the airport.

Di Coke 23 Sep 2010 at 10:11 pm

My mum – now a proud grandmother! – always says:
“A place for everything, everything in its place”.
To this day I have no idea what it means!

Elizabeth Burton 23 Sep 2010 at 10:38 pm

This sounds morbid, but it was always meant in a cheerful way!

“Live life, because you’re a long time dead”

You get the sentiment!

Nickie@Typecast 24 Sep 2010 at 9:51 am

Words of Wisdom: If you have your children young, it follows that you will have grandchildren whilst young too.
Nickie, age 38-and-a-half, Nana to 2

Nickie@Typecast 24 Sep 2010 at 9:57 am

Oops – I may have read the entry requirements incorrectly.

My nana’s words of wisdom were:

Don’t go to the shop in your slippers in the rain!

She was ace. I miss her.

Hayley Glenister 24 Sep 2010 at 10:08 am

“You only live once so live each day like its your last. Life is too short”

Jo Bryan 24 Sep 2010 at 2:58 pm

My Granny said to me. To be 80 years young is far happier than to be forty years old.
Made me smile and think about being happy as much as I always can. Life really is too short.

Rosie 24 Sep 2010 at 3:54 pm

My granny used to say “Never look down on anyone, unless your helping them up”

hazel anna rigazio 24 Sep 2010 at 4:43 pm

After i passed my driving test and got my first car my late grandma said to me ‘drive carefully it’s only cars that can be recalled by their maker’.

dave 24 Sep 2010 at 9:01 pm

My Nan used to say ” If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”

Emily 24 Sep 2010 at 11:27 pm

My Grandfather once beckoned me over and asked me if I wanted to know what the secret to his long life was? Well yes of course I did! I leaned over for him to whisper his words of wisdom to me, obviously this important secret knowledge was not for everyones ears. He came close and whispered quietly “The secret to a long life is… to drink a pint of beer, every day” Well i’m not sure if I can manage ‘every’ day, but I do use it as an excuse for a trip to the pub now and again 😉

Lynn Savage 24 Sep 2010 at 11:37 pm

I remember my gran saying “Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue” when i was moaning.

wendy hirst 25 Sep 2010 at 3:08 pm

Treat everyone the same way you would want to be treated and if you say a bad word about someone, expect someone to say bad things about you.

Claire @ Cheshire Mum 26 Sep 2010 at 12:36 am

“You can always call or come home, always.”

Knowing I had that and their support gave me he confidence to adventure & discover.

Susan 26 Sep 2010 at 12:03 pm

My Grandmothers advice to me when I was a young girl was ‘marry a man who loves you more than you love him’. I have sadly seen most of my friends relationships and marriages end but mine is still going strong after 34 years.
Thanks Nana Ellwood

Tracy Brown 26 Sep 2010 at 8:14 pm

My grandparents often had words of wisdom. But my favourites are :
‘ Never go out in dirty drawers (undies), You might get hit by a bus or something and need a Doctor.’
..and the hilarious, ‘Never be afraid to shed a tear. The more you cry, the less you tiddle.’ My nan rocks! :o)

katie bennett 26 Sep 2010 at 8:23 pm

My ran always you to say treat people how you want to be treated and it has never steered me wrong yet! and now my children look to my mum for inspiration and her words or wisdom has always been if mummy says no come ask grandma lol …….. but really i think all grans and mums have the best inspiration and i hope mine keep on giving it and showing me there guidance because i would be lost without it ……

TheMadHouse 27 Sep 2010 at 4:04 pm

My Grandad used to always tell me I was loved and would be no matter what.

My mum who is a proud gran to the minimads always tells them to turn their frowns upside down!

John Horwell 27 Sep 2010 at 5:26 pm

Waste Not Want Not

georgia horwell 27 Sep 2010 at 5:45 pm

My grandad has quite a few .. he tells me “dont give up too easily” , “you’ve got to be able to walk before you can run” and “if it sounds too good to be true it is because it is”, the only other one I can think of is “a good scorer beats a good player anytime”

Frances Bearman 28 Sep 2010 at 3:01 pm

My Gran used to say, when doing a task and you find yourself saying “That’ll do” remember these words “That’ll do, will not do” if you say the first words then go back and re-do the job as you will not have done your best work, whether painting a fence or knitting a garment I go by this statement all the time and always feel better for it.

That’ll do, will not do !
Frances Bearman

Sandy Calico 28 Sep 2010 at 5:11 pm

True friends are like diamonds, precious and rare
False friends are like poppies, found everywhere

So, so true.

Suzanne 29 Sep 2010 at 1:28 pm

My granny told me to have no regrets, it was one of the last conversations I ever had with her. Her advice is my yardstick when I’ve got a difficult decision to make and I can honestly say that so far in life my only regret is not spending more time with my much missed Gran.

Emma 29 Sep 2010 at 5:10 pm

If you start off a sentence with the words “I wonder…”
my grandma will immediately say:
“You’ll wonder and wonder, until crows make a nest in your bum, then you’ll wonder where they got the sticks from…”

strange but true.

seo 31 Jan 2012 at 7:13 pm

Howdy! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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