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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, September 18, 2012

Why grandparents rock

Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

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Recently I mentioned that Pops and I would be visiting our grandkids' school for its celebration of Grandparents Day.  Well, last Friday was the big day and Pops and I had a great time seeing classrooms and meeting teachers.

The teacher in a grandson's class gave the grandparents a list of things that the children had decided about them. Pops and I really enjoyed what they said, and I hope that you will too.  Here's a sampling:

  • Grandmas and grandpas are older than mothers and father and like to hold grandchildren in their laps and hug them. They especially like to read stories to grandchildren from big books with lots of pictures.
  • Some can take their teeth and gums out.
  • They like to answer questions.
  • When they read to us they don't skip words, and they never care if we ask for the same story over again.
  • A grandfather is a man grandmother.
  • They don't say hurry up.
  • They don't have to do anything except be there when we come see them.
  • They shouldn't play hard or run.
  • They usually have lots of quarters.

As I read the kids' comments, I couldn't help but think of Jesus' words in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 

Children have such an innocent and clear way of expressing things. And they give such unconditional love. The love expressed between a grandparent and grandchild is surely a taste of the kingdom of heaven itself.

What are your favorite sayings about grandparents?

Have a great week,

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