Proverbs 17:6 “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” NIV
Sweetheart and I are going to be grandparents three more times this year. When you add them to the six we already have, you can see that our summers are going to be very busy! As I left for Chicago today, I sat in front of a young couple who were discussing the impending birth of their baby. They didn’t talk about schools or church or friends or playgroups. They talked of grandparents.
Their concern was for what the children would potentially learn from the older generation. They talked of one grandfather and how he would just play with the baby, treating life as if it were one big party. The wife scoffed that at least her mother would balance out the play time with some real learning as she was an educator. They talked of hoping the other grandparents would have time with their baby. It seems the other grandparents worked and had a very busy social life. They feared that their baby would just be an afterthought to the husband’s parents.
I thought of how important my grandparents were to me. How much I learned from them. How many life lessons they taught me. From my grandmothers I learned to cook, to take care of a house and home, and to enjoy life no matter the circumstance. As a girl growing up in the south, I can’t say I learned that much from my grandfathers. They were stern men, raised during the depression, of the opinion that children should be seen and not heard. But I knew how hard they worked and how they took care of their families.
I pray that sweetheart and I will be the kind of grandparents our kids want their children to emulate. I pray that our grandchildren will never once have to wonder if we love God, family, and country. I pray that I will never be too old to sit on the floor playing cars with my grandson or to play dress up with the granddaughters. I do however, also pray that someone comes up with a better game than Candyland. That game makes a root canal fun.