Nanny – a good and faithful servant


Philippians 2:3-5
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.

Reminiscing with Dad in Pigeon Forge, our family Christmas time. Our thoughts and conversation always turn to Nanny, who left our world at age 95 but will never leave our hearts. Dad told me this heart stirring story that completely epitomizes his mother, my Nanny – Winnie Davis Hartley Simmons, mother of ten – abandoned by her husband, the father of their ten children, when the youngest was nearly two years old.

1940s Hampton, TN – Nanny started out on foot to Elizabethton to see a dentist. A six mile trip but a neighbor picked her up and drove her into town.

At Nanny’s – Hampton, TN 1993

It was very common practice for those with automobiles to give rides to carless friends. Nanny was in pain and needed some teeth pulled. Her exchange with the dentist went like this:

Nanny: How much does it costs to get teeth pulled?
Dentist: $2 per tooth with Novocaine.
Nanny: How much without Novocaine?
Dentist: $1 per tooth without Novocaine.
Nanny: Well, Betty Jo (her little daughter) needs shoes so I’ll go without the Novocaine.

My sister says my hands are like Nanny’s. Oh, that the same would be said of my heart.

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