– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
Not too long ago, I was reading some touching statements 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 sayings? 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 plays tea party with her three-year-old 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 grandkids 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)
And now, with some of our grandchildren living far away, I know that one-on-one time should never be taken for granted.
What has grandparenting taught you?
Post © 2008, 2014 Mary May Larmoyeux
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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.