Sunday, September 13, 2009

Because They're Grand People

Today is Grandparents' Day! Yes, it seems like one of the "Hallmark Holidays", created to sell more cards and junk that no one needs (see also: "Sweetest Day"). Presumably anyone who can be honored on this day would also be honored on Mother's Day or Father's Day. I understand all that.

And yet, it's a good idea to give grandparents at least some of the honor they deserve. After all, our grandparents had the tough job of raising our parents for us. (Yes, I kid.)

I am blessed in my life because I know all four of my grandparents. Each couple (maternal & paternal) has been married for more than 50 years. They all love God and their family. I know they pray for all of us. Each one is special to me for the moments we've shared, the things they've taught me and the characteristics I've (supposedly) inherited from each of them. (The jury may still be out on that last point. Some traits are more likely to be claimed than others...)

My children are extremely fortunate to be growing up near my grandparents, their great-grandparents. One of my favorite things to share with my children is my grandparents. I know Prince Charming feels the same way about his own grandparents - three of whom are still with us - although we don't get to see them as often as we'd like.

I wish my own great-grandparents would have been around for me to know. I did have the opportunity to spend some time with one of my great-grandmothers. She was funny and strong, even as Alzheimer's slowly destroyed her mind. She had a large family: lots of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-greats and yet, for awhile, she still knew my name and where I fit in her family.

I really would have liked the opportunity to spend time with the rest. Stories and pictures make me think I come from a very interesting lot of people, to say the least!

And now, I see the grandparents to my children. Yes, these are my own parents and my in-laws. But there's nothing like watching your own children love and admire your own dad or mom (and your husband's parents) to make you realize how truly wonderful your family is.

None of my grandparents read my blog (one set doesn't even own a computer) so I'm not trying to earn Grandchild Brownie Points (Naturally, it's not like I need them...). Anyway, I already know how much they love me. I hope they realize how much that feeling is returned.
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31 ESV

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers. Proverbs 17:6 ESV

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