Let's begin with the fabulous Durrett matriarch, my paternal grandmother, Carolyn Durrett. Or as the grandchildren call her, Honey.
|honey, september 1964|
|honey and baby hailie|
What Honey taught me:
-Always set the table properly, even when you're just eating take-out or fast food.
-Stick with neutrals.
-Always read the owner's manual (the whole thing!).
-Travel everywhere, and often.
-Surround yourself with art and other beautiful things.
-Don't leave the house without wearing perfume.
-The best meals are eaten by candlelight with the people you love.
-Color code your closet.
-Never stop educating yourself.
-Treat each of your children and grandchildren as individuals, and develop a unique relationship with each. They can be your best friends.
-Collect things and memories.
-Read, read, READ.
-Everything tastes better homemade.
-It is never too late in life for a drastic career change.
-Accessorize with big, bold jewelry.
-Have fun! Dance in the kitchen, laugh always, seek adventures.
-Never be afraid of smudging your lipstick to kiss someone.
-Passionately pursue your interests.
-Museum gift shops are the place to have a shopping spree.
-The packaging is just as important as the product inside.
-Don't be afraid to start a DIY project, but also don't shy away from calling the pros when you get yourself in way over your head.
-Always opt for the extended, guided tour. You never know what you'll find out!
-There is ALWAYS a reason to celebrate, just start adopting holidays from other cultures. (We celebrate Dia de los Muertos in my family every year).
-Value tradition, but don't be afraid to change things up a little bit. Serve crab or enchiladas for Christmas dinner.
-Marrying an eccentric Southern gentleman will keep life interesting.
-Love fiercely and be passionate.
all my love,