I was tagged in a meme by @littlemisstress who wanted to find out about our role models.
Both of my role models are relations of mine.
It wasn't until late in her life, and too late to tell her, but I realised that my Nanna is an important role model for me. She was in charge of running the home, looking after her 5 children (one of them my Mum) and then grandchildren & great grandchildren, often holding down a job and also helping older family members out. She never appeared stressed and she would welcome us at any time of night or day.
She treated each and every one of us the same and would regularly bail one of us out of trouble! When I left home for the first 2 years she often sent down 'Harris Red Cross' food parcels and no matter when you arrived at her house, planned or unplanned, she could whip up a delicious 2 course meal for you or the plate of cakes and biscuits would come out, no matter that you'd just eaten.
My Nanna spent her life looking after her family and I never once heard her complain that she didn't have time out from family life or that she'd had enough. All she asked for was one night a week at bingo. In the month's after she died I found myself doing more and more like she would have done and I caught myself saying things that she would have said. I think it was my subconscious wanting me to be more like her and it made me smile.
My second role model is my aunt (My Nanna's other daughter). She is so similar to my Nanna and I can see that her Mum instilled in her the importance of family. We turned up on Christmas Eve with less than an hour's notice and she welcomed us with open arms. She would never turn anyone away, despite going through a rough time personally, and like my Nanna, you can never leave hers feeling hungry!
They are a great combination of role models to have and I'd like to think that I could emulate them in some way one day. My Great Nanna was much the same and I'd like to think that it could continue through the generations.