We were in Houston over the weekend visiting two of our grandchildren. We have six, and expect a blog post at some point in the future about what it means for me to have six grandchildren. I, of course, love all my grandchildren. They are such unique individuals. The two in Houston I have known their entire lives and even had the great honor of baptizing. I have loved watching them grow and turn into amazing little humans.
One day on our trip, we went to our bedroom and our granddaughter had left a note on our bed. I admit to getting a little teary-eyed. She listed “Five Main Reasons Why I love Papa & Dale.” We had taken them to the movies and shopping earlier, so I was expecting something along those lines. This is what she listed (emphasis hers):
The fact that a nine-year-old looks at me and thinks those things about me fills me with all kinds of thoughts and emotions. Do I really always have room in my heart for others? Am I always thankful for what I have? Am I always kind? I do try to be mindful of what I say and do when I am with my grandchildren. I don’t want to teach them my bad habits. I don’t want them to learn my phobias or prejudices. I want to model for them what it means to be a compassionate and caring person. Here is the thing: I didn’t realize that they were watching so closely. My granddaughter, without even knowing it, has challenged me to be better and work harder.
My grandson is inquisitive, funny and full of love. He is musical and artistic.
Here is what my grandson has taught me:
One of the reasons for this particular trip was to see our granddaughter compete in gymnastics. When I was nine, I think I was still figuring out how to ride a bike! She does amazing (at least to me) feats on all the apparatus.
Here is what my granddaughter has taught me:
Whitney Houston sang a song that is always in the back of my mind when I am with my grandchildren.
I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride
To make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be
Greatest Love of All – Linda Creed, lyricist
My goal is to be the person my grandchildren think I am and to learn how to be that person by watching and learning from them.
I attended seminary at Louisville (KY) Presbyterian Theological Seminary and have served churches in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. I have also worked for the national offices of the denomination in Louisville.