Big, Old World

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee/@GeeGranny on Twitter



Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee/@GeeGranny on Twitter



Have you ever thought about … what separates you from being at the mercy of this big, old world.


I look at things probably in a way you don’t.  In fact … I look at things in several different ways … not one.  I don’t take anything for granted.


The thought came to my mind as I drove back home from town.  I was thinking about if … people realized just how small they are as an individual … by themselves … when they are out and about … in this big, old world.  Have you ever thought about it?


Like when you travel by yourself miles from your family … no one knows you, or cares what, when … where you go.  It just doesn’t matter … you aren’t anyone to them.


In fact, as long as their life is going well … they probably never know when you pass them.  If they never see your face … your eyes … it won’t make any difference anyway.


Only special people notice you in a good way … only ugly, mean people notice you in a bad way. We just have to be careful when alone … whether you like it or not.  There are predators … out there.


You do always have to be alert.


I don’t know if you are like Skip and I … but, you just may be when you have big Hearts, care about others.  We are always paying attention to others … we are some of the first to open the door for you, help you get your groceries into your car … help you if you need it …


If we are so fortunate to have a little extra money … we will help you pay for something when we see you came up short at the register.  If we were rich … we would do more.


We pay attention to little children running around without their parents nearby until we see them reunite with their parents.  We would step in … if we saw someone begin to hurt them or make them afraid.


We notice older people, if they seem to be having trouble with something … we walk to them … and help sometimes, without asking.


If all people were like this … no one would be murdered, injured, robbed by ugly, mean people. Unfortunately … not everyone is like that.  I think about when being isolated … one does have to stay alert.  I don’t mean be afraid of their shadows … but, stay alert when out and about in this big, old world.


Now, back to what separates me … you … from being at the mercy of this big, old world.  Unlike many of you … I only have Skip and our two Pups and less than the fingers on one hand … of friends that I treasure between me and the world.  Many of you have big families, lots of friends … big support system.  Do you realize how fortunate you are?  I hope you do.


I feel fortunate to have what I have to keep me, buffer me … from being alone in this … big, old world.




Note by this Author:

This is something that popped in my mind this evening.  As I drove back from town … for some reason I felt very small, fragile in this big world.  Have you ever done that?  I’m so grateful for the world I have … Skip and the Pups, and our best friends.

Photos/my thoughts written, owned by me … Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee.

I am Still Standing Tall …

I am Still Standing Tall …

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee/@GeeGranny on Twitter


Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee



Fall is here once again.  It’s my most favorite time of the year.  I love fall colors.  Warm orange, red, gold, green, yellow, brown leaves blowing in the nippy air!

I know, I know … I’m a little ahead of myself.  Fall is only ‘just here’ … we’ve only felt a little nippy air so far.  Well, it was enough to make me feel very happy!  I love Fall!

I love to dress in warm clothing to ward off the cold.  This year is going to be so much more fun.  Why?  Losing weight makes all the difference in how I will feel, dress.  Did I say I look forward to Fall?

I love the festivals, State Fair, holidays that are on the way.  Yes, I am still sad over the loss of Tommy, my son … my only child.  I have come so far in my grief … thank God.  It’s been the hardest journey in my life to get through.

I’m glad to be … this far … up the road.  In the past year I have found peace inside.  How did I do it?  I don’t know if I know how to tell you.

I will say that I have met my grief head-on, never backing down from it.  I have fought it like a bear, giving it all I had.  I have cried an ocean of tears … lived in darkness not wanting to live knowing my only child had died.

I have been hell …. I have lived in hell inside myself.  I have fought Hell to be here, today.  Everything is going to be alright … now.  It really is.  I can live now.  I can speak, think of Tommy without crying … now.

I have written thousands of words full of my grief.  I published a 700-plus page book of my grief.  When I’m gone … the book will be here to remember Tommy.  The golden-wire and beaded dragonflies will be ‘everywhere’ to remember Tommy by.  They are the dragonflies I make by hand … leave for others to find.

I truly look forward to the holidays this year.  I’ll be able to smile, be able to be happy.  I haven’t been able to do that since Tommy died … and not being able to see my grandchildren.  I’ve coped with so much … now, everything is in place in my mind … and life is good.

If I never see my grandchildren again … I can be alright now.  I’ve had to cope with them as if they are gone, also.  I had no choice.  I have to live … I want to live.  I’m going to live.

I’m like a huge redwood tree.  I’ve weathered many terrible storms.  I am still standing strong.



Note by this author:

Life has been very rocky my whole life.  Like the redwood tree … I’ve come through many storms.  It’s time for the sunshine to shine down on me with its golden, beautiful light.  I will welcome it.

Story/photo owned, written by Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee.

More Than Words Can Say …

More Than Words Can Say

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee/@grannygee

How can I say thank you to mean more than thank you

Put into words how grateful I am more than I can say?

In your life, how many times have you felt grateful more than words can possibly say?  Have special things happened to you, unexpectedly?  Things you wouldn’t have imagined possible?

Do you know how it feels to all of a sudden find out that somehow, your prayer has been answered? You sit, numbed by such gratitude, tears flowing down your face, more grateful than you can possibly say?  You begin crying, not knowing what to say?

Have you ever wondered how ‘you’ out of everybody could be so special for someone to do something so special for you?  Wondered what in the world someone could see in you to make you that special to them?

How can you say thank you to mean more than just thank you, put into words how grateful you are more than you can say?

Note by this author:

I know how it feels to not know how to say thank you when in my Heart, I ‘feel more than thank you’. This is a feeling I tried to write in words … this is the best I can do.  There’s someone in this world I wanted to say this to, time after time … it has never come out like it is in my Heart.  I’m saying these mere words once again … THANK YOU.

Photos/words are owned, written by me … Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee/ @grannygee


How Fortunate, Thankful… I Am

How Fortunate, Thankful… I Am

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee


Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee… 2014


I felt a burst of happiness in my heart

It felt as if it would soar like a pink balloon

In the sky so blue… the clouds fluffy, white


Birds singing, flying… flitting around

I sat watching… a little, soft smile on my lips

Thinking how fortunate, thankful I am


Life’s been hard… life’s been good

I know what it is to have… have not

No matter how bad something is, everything will be alright


Many paths I’ve walked on in life

I know what is it to be poor… to be rich

I know what it is to be cold… to be warm


One extreme to another in my life

I have lost everyone I’ve loved with my heart

They are all long gone now… ashes to ashes… dust to dust


There are a few left… I wish them all well

In this lifetime… we will never meet again

If by accident we meet, we’ll each go… our separate ways


I have my husband, and three Pups

They are my world… my very life

How fortunate, thankful…  I am


My real friends, I can count on one hand

I treasure, love each one

How fortunate, thankful… I am







A Message From Precious Camo/Camie’s Mommy…

A Message From Precious Camo/Camie’s Mommy…

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee


Precious Camo/Camie’s Mommy… Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee

A message from Precious Camo’s /Camie’s Mommy… Thank-you to the person who donated funds to Louisburg Veterinary Clinic for Camie’s medical care. My Heart is so touched… and I sit here in amazement. I’m so grateful.
Not long ago, the girl at Louisburg Veterinary Clinic called. She was almost in tears… and by the time she told me what had happened, I was full of emotion.
She said someone overseas had called, donated anonymously some funds to help …defray the cost of Camie’s treatments that are ahead of her. I stood there wanting to cry out of happiness.
Thank-you from my very Heart. The girl at the vet’s office was so amazed. She said she was so touched by someone doing this. She wanted to call me to tell me as soon as possible.
I am sitting here with such emotion inside. I’m so grateful. It’s so difficult to believe how so many people have so much love for this little puppy. She means the world to me… and to Skip. Thank-you from my very Heart. Love, Camie’s Mommy