Children’s children are the crown of old men;
and the glory of children are their fathers.
Do you have any children or grandchildren? I find them to be blessings from above. Not only that; but they may make us feel younger. They bring so much joy into our lives
I have a great granddaughter who is seven months old. She is such a joy to me. She has filled me up with so much love; and helped to fill a void from the death of my parents. When those bright, happy little eyes, set that gaze on me; I just melt. 🙂
Oh no, you say, not another proud grandparent bragging about their grandchildren. (well there may be some of that) But I want you to be aware of how wonderful it is to share those gifts from God with our children. The time flies by so fast. It seems like only yesterday that her mother was that small. Sometimes, I get a glimpse of her in her sweet daughter’s face.
What I am trying to tell you is; if you have grandchildren; or great grandchildren; don’t let the time slip by. Make time to be with them. Offer to babysit. They will only be small once. The time can never be recaptured. Relationships must be built while they are small; or you will not have one when they get older.
Maybe you are saying; “But they get on my nerves. I’m not feeling good enough to take care of them. It’s been so long since I held or changed a baby. I don’t know if I can take care of a child anymore.” I understand. I felt much the same way; but I overcame, and I’m so glad I did.
My advice is to start in gradually. Have the mother visit with the baby; but when she does, hold the baby, offer to change a diaper; or mix a bottle, etc. Then after you are confident that you can do these tasks; offer to watch the baby on another occasion while she goes shopping for just an hour or so.
You will gradually gain back the confidence you lost. Remember, you can do anything for just an hour. Even if the baby cries for the whole hour, you know it is coming to an end. 🙂 As you grow more confident and start to form a relationship; you can increase the time you are left alone with the adorable little sprout.
My great granddaughter has brought so much joy into my life. I laugh a lot when she’s with me. She is so funny and we have so much fun together already, and she is only seven months old. Everything is extremely interesting for babies. Everything is new and exciting. We lose that excitement as we grow older.
When we get to retirement age; we have a tendency to not see a lot that is right in front of us; even if we aren’t clinically blind yet. But believe me; I see this baby, and her excitement is catching. I look at things with a different perspective when she is around.
If you have pets; the interaction between the child and the pet is something to behold. You may have to step in sometimes so no one gets hurt; but it is so fun to watch.
My inherited parakeet, Tweety and my great granddaughter love each other. They love to just sit and stare at each other. As long as she doesn’t try to grab him; Tweety is fine with staring back at her with their faces about 6″ apart. He doesn’t sit on anyone else’s head; but he sits on her head sometimes.
She has a cat at her home; and she is learning to be gentle with him; and fortunately he is gentle with her, too. It has been studied, and children who grow up in homes with pets have less allergies than those from pet free homes. Isn’t that strange? Here she is with her kitty.
Laughter is so good for us; and seeing the world through the eyes of a child can make us feel younger. Our health could even improve; because the laughter and the joy child brings is so good for us. We will become so engrossed in entertaining our captive little audience of one, that we may forget our own pain and discomfort. And we won’t have time for complaining while we are caring for another.
Sometimes as we get older, we draw more into ourselves. We don’t enjoy going out much anymore; and having people in is more work for our tired aching bodies. But withdrawing is not the answer.
Though it could be more comfortable to just stay at home, it isn’t good for our sense of self worth; and we need positive interactions with other people. There is only so much we can do as far as housework, etc. and then we find ourselves sitting in front of the television; begging it to put an end to our boredom with limited success.
Grandchildren can shine a very bright light into that dark place of withdrawal; if we allow them in. How long has it been since someone looked at you with such interest in their faces? How long has it been since you have been the center of attention in someone’s life, even if only an hour or two? How long has it been since you have had someone depend on you and look to you for their needs? We need all these things to feel complete. Grandchildren can provide all that and more.
I also have a set of twins (great grandchildren). They are in Germany because their dad is in the service. I am going to Germany toward the end of this month, courtesy of my son and daughter in law; to meet them. They also have a big brother, that I haven’t seen for a while. I’m so excited to meet them.
Here is a picture from Christmas time. They have grown a lot since.
So if you have children, grandchildren or great grandchildren; don’t lose this time with them. It is a once in a lifetime chance to build a relationship with them. It is a time to experience the joy of their presence. You won’t be given the chance to experience them at this age again. The time will slip by and it is unrecoverable.
Spend time with your children whenever you can. Get to know your grandchildren and great grandchildren. Brighten their life as they brighten yours. Give of yourself and your time. Be young again through your relationship with a little bundle of joy. You will be repaid by toothless smiles, slobbery kisses, sticky hugs, and eyes that speak of love.
Doll gets kisses.
Grandchildren keep us young
At your service,