|Painting the seashells Grandma collected in Florida|
|Even the littlest gets in the act.|
I grew up essentially without grandparents. My mom's parents both died when I was an infant and my dad's lived far away and rarely visited. And, sadly, I was afraid of my grandmother who was gruff and critical. She taught me how NOT to be a grandma. I sometimes reflect on how much she missed when I'm cuddling a little one who almost leaps into my arms.
I love being the "support team" for my kids that my poor mom, a mother of ten and a Navy wife constantly on the move, never had. Besides, I love all the things we do with our grandchildren: play cards and board games, do crafts, go hiking or bowling, play at the park, or just go down to the river to throw rocks and walk over the "scary bridge." It doesn't matter what we do; it's just fun to be together. And it warms my heart when one of the younger ones comes to me at bedtime and says, "Grandma, will you come up and sing us a song."
|Proud of her final result!|
God calls us to a holy family life. Grandparents have the time, and hopefully the health, to answer that call. We love making happy memories for our grandchildren with their cousins and Aunts and Uncles. We think it's an amazing testimony to our success that we hardly ever have a squabble when the children are all here and we have more than a dozen playing together in little groups happily. The extended family is the village that raises the child.
Everybody will be gone tomorrow, but not for long. We have four of our five children and their families coming for Easter. To stay sane, I remind myself that the chaos will last only a few days before I have my nice, neat house back. In the meantime that happy chaos is a testament to the creation of happy memories at Grandma and Paka's house in Woodstock. And I also think we are giving our children a great witness of how to do grandparenting. I hope they do it even better when the time comes!
May God bless us and all families with the joy of praying and playing together. May you and your family have a blessed Holy Week.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us and help us to enter fully into the mystery of suffering and its saving power during these last few days of Lent.