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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Grandparents Are Special

Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

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

Last week I had a wonderful time speaking to the "Keenagers" of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church about grandparenting. What a great group!

I shared with them about how much I loved being with my grandparents. Life just seemed to stop at Nana and Grandpa's home. I remember Nana helping me draw pretend houses 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.

I asked the Keenagers about some of their memories with their grandparents. One of them said that she loves eating sauerkraut and remembers how her grandmother would let her eat a whole jar of sauerkraut when she would visit her.

Another fondly recalls her grandmother always prefacing plans with "the Lord willing."

One special lady is a wealth of family history. She shared how her grandmother, Little Mammy, would tell her stories about the times after the Civil War.

Another said that the "magic of Christmas" began with her grandmother, who lived with her family, asking her on Christmas Eve "Did you hear 'em?" Then her grandmother would say, "Santa Claus and his reindeer are up there [on the roof]!"

What are some of the wonderful memories that you have of your grandparents? Poet Nora Hetrick says grandparents “sprinkle stardust over our lives in all that we do.” I really like that!

Have a great week and sprinkle some star dust,

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Anonymous said...

I wish I had known my grandparents. I was three years old when the last of four grandparents died and I just remember one incident: seeing one brush her long white hair. It is fun to “sprinkle the star dust” isn’t it? - Rita

Sharon Ball said...

I remember something my grandfather use to always say at the conclusion of one of our visits. Just as we were about to return home my grandfather would say, "Time to play mouse. Everyone goes to their own house." I still say it every now and then and I always remember my grandfather.

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Rita, yes, it is fun to "sprinkle the star dust."

Sharon, what a fun memory about your granddad. My grandkids would really like that saying ... I think I'll try it. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Very sweet words and to think that the value of your presentation goes on and on in your blog! Thanks. - Teresa

Karen Jordan said...

Wouldn't it be great if we would all write down some of our memories of our grandparents. Thanks for the reminder, Mary.