Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, Papa, Oma, Opa, MeMe or PopPop, whatever you call them they are your grandparents, and they are special! Special in a way that no one else on earth will ever be. “Grandparents are there to help the child get into mischief they haven’t thought of yet.” – Gene Perret
When I was little I was a handful. No question about it, my mother had her hands full. One day my Nana sat me down and explained that we come from a line of very strong women. It is something that has always been with us and always will be. We are feisty, fierce and loyal to a fault. We are smart, kind and always put others before ourselves. My Nana told me these are all amazing qualities which I need to always embrace and hold onto because they would shape me into the woman I was to become. I did not think much of the advice at the time because everyone is told these things by their grandparents. Now that I am older and have a daughter of my own; I see the same traits in her. I see them in stories told by my mother and thankfully still told by my grandmother. We come from a line of strong women and I hope to be able to pass this onto my daughter so that she can one day be stronger, smarter, kinder and more giving than I am. I will let my mother tell her of the strong women in our family and one day I hope to tell her daughter.
This is what grandparents do. They are the glue which holds our families together. They are the kind heart to a child when the parents have to be a strong hand. They guide us and teach us. They are not only a lifeline to the past but a look into the future. They are more willing to admit fault in themselves to teach their grandchildren, so they can learn from their mistakes. They are able to be fun and funny and spoil our children rotten because they have been there and know we cannot. They are have unwavering love and will see past the bad in their grandchildren. They give second, third and fourth chances because they are able to guide and befriend their grandchildren without the daily responsibility of parenting.
They will protect our children without a second thought. They help connect the dots of who we are and where we come from. Robert Fulghum once said “I love this child. Patient and gentle like her mother- fey and funny like her father. When she giggles I can hear him when he and I were young. I am part of this child. It may be only because we share genes and that therefore smell familiar to each other…It may be that a part of me lives in her in some important way…But for now, it’s jelly beans and ‘Old MacDonald’ that unite us.”
So lets celebrate Grandparents Day by reaching out to your grandparents, if you are able to. Have your children reach out to their grandparents, life is so short and so unpredictable. Never forget the people who loved you more than you could possibly know. Happy Grandparents Day!
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