Thursday, March 2, 2017
Seniors:The Joy of Grown Children and Grandkids
As seniors, we generally have a little different slant on life. I mean, even if we could, we’re not particularly interested in adding more children to our immediate family. (18 more years of that… again…you’ve got to be kidding.)
Nevertheless, we generally harbor interest in the reproductive plans of our married kids and their spouses.
“What are they waiting for; they’ve been married 271 days and no baby yet? I could die any ol’ day now and it’d be their fault if I went to my grave with no more grandkids. Wonder if they’ve tried osmosis? ”
Grown children are special. We were at their birth and since walked both short and long miles with them. Then, all of a sudden, they grew up and left home. Even though our walks with them had hills and valleys, as did their walks with us, probably, the gleam of good times far outshines memories of not-so-good times.
As they walk away from us, we feel drawn toward them.
With pride we follow them through college, or however they pursue their life’s calling. It’s a transition period where we don’t intervene unless we’re asked.
Takes some getting used to…
Usually, somewhere during their life’s-calling- excursion they bring their future spouse home to meet us. Then they marry.
(Now go back and read the third paragraph of this article.)
The thought of a grandchild energizes us and we find the stamina to learn the role of a grandparent.
In the ESV Bible, Proverbs 17: 6 says “Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their father.”
What a thrill to hold our creations creation in our arms and know its heart pumps our genes, good, bad, and indifferent, throughout the babies system. It may have our pug nose, our eye or hair color, maybe our high cheekbones, and, of course, our pleasant personality.
As our children are special our grandchildren are just as special, only in a different way. Now the grandparent understands about that crown mentioned in Proverbs 17.