I saw the great impact my parents had on my older children before they died.
They were models for me of the powerful example of grandparenting and the
lasting effect of personal connecting with older family members. I
have developed a close relationship with most of our grandchildren. Five years
ago they (and our children) reached out to me when I lay on death's door.
It made a few of them realize how precious our time was together on this earth.
Our time became "quality time." Four of them are now on LDS Church
Missions around the world. They know they can count on a letter from me every
week. I encourage them and love them unconditionally from a different
perspective, a nonjudgmental grandparent. They all tell me how important that
weekly email and relationship is. Interestingly, the ties are growing stronger
while they are gone. We have made time to plan outings and crafts,
etc. with the younger ones as well. In those settings it is very easy to tell
them our life stories, gently counsel them, and profess our great love for them.
They love to have us attend their recitals, ball games, and other events.
Grandparents are God's gift of inconditional love.Thank you for
highlighting that fact here!
Yeah, and "unconditional" love, too!!Please excuse the
I love the wisdom imparted in this article. Last summer one of my teen-aged
grandsons spent mornings with his great-grandfather working on a 1974 Chevy
pick-up that hadn't been driven in a decade. It forged a relationship and
taught both of them unforgettable lessons. His sister gave endless hours of
attention to the same great-grandfather and great-grandmother, also solidifying
a wonderful relationship. My grandparents meant the world to me though only one
lived beyond my teen years. Substitute grandparents can be just as significant.
We could solve a lot of problems with more interaction between the young and