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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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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Grandparents can model what really matters


Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

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The older I get the more I realize how quickly life goes by. Marybeth Curtis captures what really matters in life in her poem "The Measure of a Man":

The measure of a man is not only measured by feet and inches,
but his ability to encourage others to grow.

The strength of a man is measured not by brawn and muscle,
but by silently suffering in the face of adversity.

The wisdom of a man is measured not in the cost of formal education,
but through priceless advice from years of life's experiences.

The faith of a man is measured not by mighty sermons preached,
but by a humble life of Christ's example.

The love of a man is measured not by costly gifts or earthly treasures,
but by freely giving of himself and his prayers for an eternity with family
and friends.

I think that Marybeth's words are good reminders for all of us ... regardless of age. As grandparents we have an opportunity to invest in the next generation and model what really matters in life.

My grandparents modeled unconditional love and caring hearts. I hope that Pops and I will do the same for our grands.

What do you want to model for your grandkids? What did your grandparents model for you?

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Mary
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2 comments:

Sharon Ball said...

This is a great poem, Mary. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Hi, Sharon! I also love Marybeth's poem!