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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, March 9, 2010

Sharing the secrets of the universe


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Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought

by Mary May Larmoyeux

Last Tuesday I wrote about sharing family stories and a couple of weeks ago the Tuesday Grand Connection blog was about grandparents being gifts from God. Many thanks to those of you who sent me your memories of your grandparents! I'd like to share some of your stories over the next couple of weeks.

My friend Sharon, who writes a wonderful blog A Break from the Norm, said: "I miss my grandfather. He died over twenty years ago, but I think about him often. He especially came to mind a few weeks ago when my husband and I were having breakfast at a restaurant near our home. We were seated across the aisle from a man who was sitting at a table with a little girl. At first, I thought the man was the little girl’s father, but when she called him, 'Pa-pa,' I figured out that he was in fact her grandfather. The thing that struck me about watching them was how sweet and gentle he was with this little girl, who was obviously his little princess. As she yammered on in her little-girl voice he listened as if she were sharing the secrets of the universe."

I wonder if Sharon just expressed one of the reasons that grandparents are so special. Like the little girl Sharon mentioned, grandparents are quick to stop the hectic pace of life and exchange it for precious time with a grandchild. They care. They love. They listen.

Could that be why grandchildren seem to really hear their grandparents' words?

When I look into the eyes of our grands, I thank God for them and often recall a time long ago when their parents were young. I've seen firsthand how quickly time goes by.

Why do you think grandkids often listen to their grandparents as though they share the secrets of the universe?

Have a great week,
Mary

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2 comments:

Sharon Ball said...

Mary, thanks for sharing a little of my blog post with your readers. I think you're exactly right. Grandparents spend a great deal of time listening to their grandchildren and I think most children really appreciate it.

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

I love what you wrote about your grandfather and the little girl, Sharon!