My Grandmother passed away when I was only 6 years old. I do however have very vivid memories of her…her cooking, her singing (“…hey good look’n…what ya got cook’n….”). Most of all I remember a feeling that I loved her in a very special way…more than just about anything else. It was a special sort of love, different from what I had for my mum and dad…it was like my Grandma was my best friend.
One of the last things my Grandmother ever did was knit me my first school cardigan…bright red. Along the way she taught me how to knit too. She hadn’t quite finished it when she died…….I’m very thankful for my beautiful Grandma, but I do wish that we had had more time to get to know each other…..
…..My Mum stayed with us for two weeks over the recent school holidays. It was wonderful watching her spend time with my children. I think grandparents have the opportunity of having such a magical relationship with their grandkids.
My Mum is very creative and my children and her really love doing music, craft and drawing together. Grandma even made this fantastic sketch of Buster, my 4 year-old son.
A special thing my mum does for the kids is write books for her grandchildren. These books are usually presented to each child on their birthday. Each book details a semi-fictional account of a grandma’s adventures with her grandchildren…and includes stories of my mums life. These books will be a real treasure to keep hold of as the years go on….The stories are such a precious gift, as my mum is giving a part of herself to my children. Giving them the chance to know and understand some of her experiences, thoughts and feelings….just what I wish I had more of from my own grandma.
My mum can spend time freely with the kids without the responsibilities of cooking, cleaning, homework, discipline and not worrying about spoiling them! I am so thankful that my kids have this precious time with my mum.
Like a trip down memory lane, my mum patiently taught my girls how to knit….honestly, she displayed the patience of saints in the process!
I am so thankful that my kids get to spend this special time with their Grandma. Watching her with my children reminds me of being a small child and spending that precious time with my own Grandmother. It is almost a surreal experience watching your children experience what you remember experiencing yourself as a child…surreal and very moving.….From my own experience I can definitely say that my children have a very special place in their heart for their Grandma.
For Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the time I had with my grandmother and for the time my children have with their Grandmother. Do you have special memories of your grandparents growing up?
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