Oh yes, even I knew that you do not put a dark color with the whites in hot water. I think a huge part of it is having confidence (and the wherewithal) to handle stress and change. Your grandmother was an amazing woman, and you're right. In a situation like that, it is about survival. Many babied young people nowadays aren't even resourceful enough to figure out the most basic things, like how to get around without a car. My first college roommate was like that. She called her mother to mail her more Dove body wash (from NYC to LA ) when she ran out. I told her that I could stop at Target on my bus route back from the ice rink, and buy some for her. I didn't even take the bus regularly before college, but I didn't have a car so the bus was gonna be how I got around. I looked up stops and schedules and I managed. But some of my peers really had no clue where to even start. Just yesterday I was helping two people (both in their early 20s) look up information on the internet so they could start applying to school or researching career information. I have no idea where my resourcefulness comes from, but that does seem to be lacking judging from interactions with my peers... My roommate became more resourceful in later college years, but even my mother was aghast at how helpless she was the first year.