She Lived a Small, Great Life September 8, 2012 by pattytmitchell | Leave a comment Six Lessons My Great-Grandmother Taught Me About Life. There is no such thing as a small life, really. It’s such humility and gratitude that makes a seemingly small life large and very important. Beautiful essay, and proves that everyone’s story deserves to be told Share this:MoreLike this:Like Loading... Author: pattytmitchell "A Girl from the Hill - My Mother's Journey from Italian Girl to American Woman," is a collection of essays that reflect my mother's experiences growing up in an Italian family during the early 20th century in Providence, Rhode Island.