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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Monday, February 23, 2009

Why are Grandparents Special?

Tuesday's Thought

Children's children are a crown to the aged. (Proverbs 17:6)

As a child, I loved being with my Nana and Grandpa. Life just seemed to stop at their home. I remember drawing pretend houses with them on big pieces of brown paper—cutting out the furniture from a Sears Catalog. And what fun it was to try to walk in Nana and Grandpa’s yard on a pair of stilts. I never did master that.

There’s just something special about a grandparent interacting with their legacy. But what exactly is it?

I asked Pops what makes grandparents seem so special. He thinks part of the answer lies in perspective that only comes with age. I think he’s right.

“Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day,” Marcy DeMaree says, “and now the day was complete.”

“I loved their home,” Susan Strasberg says about her grandparents. “Everything smelled older, worn but safe; the food aroma had baked itself into the furniture.”

Nora Hetrick says grandparents “sprinkle stardust over our lives in all that we do.” I really like that!

Grandparents Are Special
By Nora Hetrick

Grandparents are special
in so many different ways,
Their hearts are filled with love
and they brighten up our days.

Grandparents are great listeners
when we need them to advise,
Because they’re always understanding
and are truly very wise.

Grandparents have great smiles
because they’ve been smiling for so long,
And they even make us smile
when everything is going wrong.

Few can bring the warmth
that can be found in their embrace,
And little more is needed to feel loved
than the smile on their face.

They’re a supply of precious stories
yet they’ve time to wipe a tear,
And give us reasons to laugh
as they grow more precious through the years.

Nobody can do for grandchildren
what grandparents are willing to do,
Because grandparents sprinkle stardust
over our lives in all that we do.

Grandparents are so generous
and they make sure we have the best,
So I’m thankful for my grandparents
and I know I’m truly blessed.

May the land yield unto them
a perfumed garden always growing,
With a warm breeze and a quiet sea
that’s filled with love overflowing.

(from www.voicesnet.org)

What memories do you have of your grandparents? Why were they special?

He is able,
Mary May Larmoyeux
author of Help for Busy Moms: Purposeful Living to Simplify Life

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care said...

I really know that, Parents are blessings of God, but grandparents are the ‘grand blessings’ of God.

Anonymous said...

Mary,I didn’t know any of my four grandparents. Many of my parents’ bedtime stories were about their childhood and my grandparents which helped fill the void
and encouraged me to emulate their values and practices of faith in God, afternoon tea, loving nature and holding compassion for the deprived. “Some grans smell of lavender soap, some grans smell of French perfume. My gran smells of pastry and new bread and peppermints. My gran smells gorgeous.” Peter
Blessings, Rita

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Rita, I love the idea of telling our grandkids stories of our childhoods and of their great-grandparents as bedtime stories (when they spend the night). I'm going to do that. Thanks for sharing! -- Mary