5 Minutes With a Mom

gailnation023.JPGName: Gail Nation

Residence: Fayetteville, Ark.

Child(ren): Kelli, 22 and Chase, 20

Grandchild(ren): 22-month-old Matthew (Kelli’s little one)

Born and raised: In Dumas, Ark.

Where do you work? “I’m an RN, but right now I’m staying home with my grandson.”

Favorite all-time movie? Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Last book you read? The Gift of Change by Marianne Williamson

Parenting advice you used and then passed along? “Patience is a virtue. The second time around (with grandson, Matthew) I have been more patient than the first time. I don’t sweat the small stuff as much.”Gail added that she couldn’t get through a day without “the good Lord” and said He blesses every day. She also offered one more piece of advice: “Just enjoy your time, your day, your minute, while you have it.”

If the house was on fire (and all the people and pets were safe) what would you grab? Photo albums

Favorite phrase: “Oh my goodness.”

Guilty pleasure? “Chocolate!”

Best thing about being a grandmother? “I can take him home when I’m tired,” she jokes. But seriously, Gail said the best thing about being a grandmother is being able to “see” her daughter, Kelli, as a young child all over again. “He reminds me so much of her, even though he’s a boy,” she said of grandson Matthew.

One word to sum me up … “energetic.”