– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
Not too long ago, I was reading some wonderful quotes about grandparents. Here are a few of my favorites:
• Grandmothers are just antique little girls. (Author Unknown)
• Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild. (Welsh Proverb)
• Grandparenting is a wonderful time of life. Finally we can have the ice cream without first eating the vegetables. (Lois Wyse)
Did you get a smile on your face as your read these quotes. I sure did.
Before our first grandchild was born, my friends warned me that there were no words to express the thrill of being a grandparent. Now I understand that it’s impossible to really describe the joy this antique little girl has when she has a tea party with her granddaughter.
Before I had grands I thought I knew how to love. Now I know that all of the mistakes that I made as a parent had a purpose—to mold me into a grandparent who can love more perfectly.
Before I had grands I believed children should eat their vegetables before dessert. But now I know that the grands can eat their ice cream at Grandma’s house before the veggies. After all, it’s up to their parents to see that they eat right. (smile)
I love what poet Catherine Moran said, “Somehow I feel the love for my grandchildren flows through them back to my own children once more.”
If you are a grandparent, have you ever been reminded of your now grown kids’ childhoods as you’ve interacted with the grands?
If you are a parent, have you been reminded of a special bond that you had with a grandparent as you watch your kids with your own mom or dad?
Post and photos © 2012, 2015 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.