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Sunday, November 25, 2012
Mothers Evolve into Grandmothers
mother of my children cut her motherhood molars by devoting herself to five
children and loving it; most of the time. Were there bad experiences, of course?
Were there the proverbial, “wait until your father gets home,” of course?
However, watching the way her daughters now raise their children, I’d say she
had a positive influence on our offspring.
believe the reason for her successful reign is the word love, which
is more complex than most other four-letter words. To her, the children she
bore were gifts from God for her to love, which meant to nurture and treasure.
That she did.
children were young, my job required I travel, and two or three nights of most
weeks she became both mother and father. During my absence, she helped filled the
solitude by reading to them. She read about princes and
princesses, horses that flew, and frogs that talked. In addition, a little
engine that thought he could became a fixture.
played board games, card games, and had slumber parties, which ended when all
six crashed in one bed. Above and beyond the fun, though, they learned about each other outside their normal roles. Moreover,
the process prepared them to know they could lean on each other when life
dealt unforeseen and undeserved blows. It also prepared Mother for her future
role as grandmother.
grandma, it's her opportunity to kindle the interest of another generation. They, too, must meet princes and princesses, horses and frogs with
extraordinary talents, and a little engine that still
thinks he can.
important, a grandmother can relate to her children as adults. When they were young, the knowledge she gained from putting forth the effort to learn about them
broadened their relationship. Now, she can advise in ways they understand.
She remembers how she encouraged them when they learned there
were no knights in shining armor; when they learned that pumpkins don't become chariots.
When they understood that horses can’t fly and frogs only croak.
Thus, in the form of grandmother, God provides a pillow to soften
the blow when someone in the lives of their grandchildren falls off a white stallion.