Grandparents are a blessing! I had the privilege to share a wonderful relationship with my paternal grandparents. My brother and I were the first grandchildren born in our family. We were also the only grandchildren that lived near our grandparents, so we spent a lot of time with them. We went to their home for weekly visits, took trips with them and received a lot of love over the years. The lessons, life experiences and celebrations that our grandparents were able to share with us were priceless.
Grandparents are a Blessing
My maternal grandmother died when I was very young. My maternal grandfather, whom we called, “Pappaw Sisson” died when I was 16. “Pappaw Sisson” was a career Army Colonel, fought in WW II, Vietnam and Korea. We visited “Pappaw Sisson”, mostly on holidays and at family celebrations. Our relationship wasn’t as strong, but I still loved him very much and realize how blessed I was to have grandparents to share my life with.
My Grandma, who I lovingly call, “Mammaw” just turned 91 years old on the 31st of May. I am 46 years old and cannot even begin to fathom living to be 91 years of age. My “Pappaw” passed away over ten years ago. He suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and we slowly watched him fade away. Definitely not a fun time in my life. Being able to grow up with a close relationship with grandparents is a gift that I will always treasure.
My “Mammaw” is still as sharp as a pin. She still has all the great memories stored up in her brain and can tell you what happened yesterday or what happened 70 or 80 years ago. She still goes to the hairdresser on a weekly basis, faithfully follows the Phillies, watches Judge Judy, watches her diet and eats a snack before bed every every night. “Mammaw” has the best recipe ever for Meatloaf (even though she hasn’t made it for years) and we spent many Christmas holiday seasons rolling out dough to make an old family recipe for Sand Tart Cookies. I cherish each and every memory and know that I have been blessed to have the privilege of grandparents in my life. I am so glad my children have had the chance to experience the joy of growing up with grandparents. My children were extra lucky, as they had my paternal grandparents, their grandparents on their dad’s side and two sets of grandparents on my side of the family.
If you have the privilege of having grandparents to share your life with, cherish that relationship. Spend time with them, visit them, call them on the phone and do not take them for granted. Do whatever it takes to let them know how much you love them. Grandparents are a blessing!
Do you have any grandparent memories to share?