I have nine grandchildren. Three grew up in Germany; three are in South Dakota; three live about thirty minutes away. I will always be sad about all the years we missed with the six who live so far away. You don’t really get to be part of their lives, and you miss seeing all the stages of change. My oldest grandchild is 20, and I find that almost impossible to understand!
I don’t think you really understand the emotion that goest with having grandchildren until you hold that first one, the first child of your first child. Such a wave of amazement and tenderness, and it just keeps getting better as more babies are added to the family.
They are so much fun to have around because they aren’t your responsibility 🙂 You can enjoy them, relax with them, and then send them back to their parents.
The three who live nearby stayed overnight with us on Thursday, stuffed with turkey and all sorts of other goodies. They bunk in the basement, in a semi-furnished room that holds a sofa, a twin-size mattress, and a couple of cots. They seem to enjoy themselves, and they always come back upstairs hungry for whatever is featured at breakfast.
The boys spend time outdoors with Grandpa, working on one of his endless projects. Their sister is out there too, for a while, but usually comes back inside looking for something domestic to do. This time, she made some chocolate chip cookies. She doesn’t need supervision any more, and she knows to clean up after herself.
We got some new neighbors earlier this year, and they have a son and daughter close to the ages of our older grandson and his sister. They spent a few hours here yesterday, getting to know each other.
It’s a strong temptation, with your grands, to look at them and see your own kids. I try not to do that. They are individuals in their own right, not clones of any of the rest of us. They will follow their own paths, and I pray daily that those will be God-directed paths.
Well, I didn’t really have anything in particular to say today, I guess. Just enjoying this part of my life, so thankful for all with which God has blessed us.