Friday, June 20, 2008

To All Grandparents...

Griff holding Malli - 2 days old
Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
Proverbs 17:6
I had the priveledge of knowing my maternal grandparents and paternal grandparents very well. Many happy memories were made with both my Mema and Dada Griffis and my Mema and Papa Tanner. Summers at the beach. Summers at the farm. Both uniquely different, adding much to the fabric of my life.

My children have been blessed to have known their maternal grandparents (Mema and Papa Griffis) and paternal grandparents (Dawie and Pop) very well, too. So many good times with both sets of grandparents. Threads of love in their tapestry of life still being woven. Their Dawie, the first of their grandparents to pass away left just three months ago. A thread clipped and tied off. Before she and Malli could meet.
This morning my son shared a rare, tender moment with me. He is a compassionate young man, but sometimes men can have a tendency to hide their vulnerability.
So, I count myself blessed to have really listened, heard, and perceived what he actually said with his words and especially his heart.

He said, "I am sad. I really miss Dawie.
I wish she were here.
She would have loved Malli.
I see Dawie when I look at Malli."

I cried.
I said, "Me, too."

Because I know she would have loved Malli.
I know, because I am a grandmother.
Malli's grandmother.
So blessed.

Grandchildren are God's way
of compensating us for growing old.
~Mary H. Waldrip

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.
~Author Unknown

When a child is born, so are grandmothers.
~Judith Levy

No cowboy was ever faster on the draw
than a grandparent pulling a baby picture out of a wallet.
~Author Unknown

Just about the time a woman thinks her work is done,
she becomes a grandmother.
~Edward H. Dreschnack

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