Thursday, April 7, 2011

Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses didn't start painting until she was 75years old. In fact she actually started cos her arthritis pain wouldn't let her do needle work anymore. Married, she had 10 children, lost 5. Described as a woman who was strong willed.

At age 88 Madmoiselle magazine named grandma Moses a "Young Woman of the year".

For more information about grandma Moses check WIKIPEDIA....

When I first came across this story I was surprised. Could people really fulfill their dreams even when they have clocked 70?

What kind of determination did she posses?

Not only did she become a painter, she died at the age of 101 a renown painter, with beautiful works to her name.

As we celebrate mothers this month I will like you to do me a favor..

I know a lot of us have mothers, aunties, female friends, who have had dreams and have let them die maybe because of society, lack of encouragement or lack of funds etc....

We can encourage them to start whatever it is they have a passion for. Help them fulfill their destiny, their dreams. Show them that they can do it, with your strong belief in them.
Encourage them. Work with them...

For if grandma Moses could become a painter at age 75, our mothers can be anything they want to be, no matter the age.

I have vowed to help my mother fulfill her dream of having a school and a bookshop...
I don't know how its going to work, but I know one thing: " once there is life, there is hope.

Do take care and have a lovely day.

P.S: "My write up just got accepted for an international mag... Thanks to a special friend of mine....
SAYING a big welcome to the newest member of secretlilies..." nutritionalert".. I love the name. Thank you.

Myne Whiteman's second novel " A LOVE REKINDLED is out. Please grab your copy now.


  1. As someone who is 70, I thank you for this lovely and considerate post. No, a Grandma Moses I'm not, but I have found a wonderful hobby in taking pictures and writing about them on my blog. I am also working on a children's book that may or may not go anywhere. And then there are the dogs, the walks, the hikes, the yard work and so on. I love it all.--Inger

  2. Inger thank you so much. You are really an inspiration. I will love to have a copy of your children's book when you are true.

  3. First off, congratulations on the acceptance. Do look forward to you sharing the link (if it'll have an online version - who doesnt anyway these days !!!) when its published.

    Also wanted to say what a totally great idea you've shared about having our mothers open up about their dreams and helping them pursue it.

  4. wow ... i am so inspired .... im not half her start age ... im starting

  5. Wow!!! Grandma Moses is an example of the statement - age is no barrier in fulfilling your dreams. Thank you Phiri for this piece and congrats on being accepted for an international mag. Keep 'em coming!!!

  6. @wendal thank you.
    @Lani welcome. I can see that you are new. Thank you for the comment.
    @Jane Thank you I really appreciate it.

  7. very inspiring!
    congrats on the acceptance. more on the way!

  8. @Olori thank you
    @Vyvyka thank you.
    Do have a lovely day.

  9. i often think about helping my mum fulfill her own dreams and i know i will. your so sweet for doing that for your own ma.. im inspired tamu.

  10. Congrats on the acceptance. *pop champagne

    Its never too late to follow one's dreams... the fulfillment at the end of the day makes the inconveniences worthwhile

  11. She is certainly an inspiration. Love people like this who give no thought to age and other perceived limitations.

    Congrats on a well deserved acceptance.

  12. P.E.T. Projects thank you... Yep will pop champagne.
    Maid of Heart thank you