Grandchildren are the light of life. If you haven’t had any yet, you may not understand, but those of you who are blessed with them, know just what I mean. They inspire you; they make us laugh; they make us cry; they make us understand what real love is. Grandchildren give us a whole new perspective on life.
I have only to walk into a room to be greeted with cries of ,”Grandma! Grandma!” I also receive the biggest smiles imaginable on the faces of the children jockeying to be the first to get a hug. Knowing that I am the world to these kids has had a profound affect on me. As a heavy person, I have often felt unloved or untouchable. With my grandchildren, I never need to fear because they adore me just as I am. They have taught me to accept myself and others.
Another way they inspire me is by their joy of life and sometimes brutal honesty. They have very little inhibitions and don’t even consider being embarrassed by the things they say. The Bible tells us to come to God ‘as little children.’ Watching them and joining in their play teaches me many things about what that passage means.
Children say and do the darnedest things. When it comes to grandchildren, a grandparent often has more time to spend with the child and pays more attention. This makes sure the laughter button gets pushed a lot.
My favorite saying from my middle granddaughter, who is always saying funny things, involved a trip to the beauty shop with my husband and I. While Grandma was having her hair done, Papaw decided to clip her nails. All well and good, right? On the way home, a frustrated voice comes from the back seat saying, “Papaw cutted off my scratchy things!” She also calls freckles pretzels.
My 2 year old grandson recently followed suit, asking Papaw to “cut off my hand nails.”
Watching children and listening to their conversations will certainly put a smile on a grandparent’s face many times a day. You never know what they will say or do next, but you can be assured it will surprise you.
Children bring tears to our eyes when they love us unconditionally. Sometimes we cry because we know what a blessing it is to have our little ones in our lives. But mostly, our children and grandchildren bring tears as they teach us about life. They show concern when others are hurt; they can sense sadness and offer hugs and kisses for the boo boos. Of course we also cry when they leave and when we miss them.
Real love is unconditional, and grandchildren have it in spades. They have not learned all the biases and issues adults have; they just love because they do. They don’t care that grandma is old and can’t do everything she used to. They don’t care what we look like. They just love whole-heartedly and with abandon. Wouldn’t it be great if we all loved like that?
God gives us these blessings at the end of our life, when we have more time, patience and wisdom to enjoy them. Through them, He teaches us all the things we should have known when we raised our own children. He teaches us what real love, real relationship, is all about.