Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Thankful for Grandmas


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?


For Thankful Thursday I’m linking up with Kate Says Stuff…have a look and see what other inspirational bloggers are thankful for.


16 comments:

  1. I love how Gran's have the time and patience to teach our children things that we just never seem to get around to !

    Have a great day !
    Me

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment! Gran's are very special...unfortunately, my kids only get to see my mum once or twice a year .

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  2. Wow. I am so impressed with the books your Mum writes. Such a lovely idea. :D

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    1. Thanks...the books are really great. They even have my daughter inspired to write her own books too!

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  3. Hugs. This is so beautiful. I loved reading your passion and love in the post. <3

    I have a Thankful Thursday Link-up, too, if youd like to join in! :) Would love to have you.

    Hugs

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment Cami. Also, Thanks for the invitation to join your Thankful Thursday!

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  4. Oh that is so beautiful. I loved what you wrote, and how you so appreciate seeing your mum with your children...Sadly you didn't get to do that much, but you recall the cardigan. So that is wonderful.
    I too love being a grandmother. I have written of this before, but I do love this role as it is allowing me to connect with our kids' kids in a different and meaningful way. We have had our #4 and #5 grandkids cared for here up to 3 days a week since they were bubs. Now they are 2 and 4 and we so look forward to 'grandkid days' Your mum's memory making via books is such a great gift...and I loved the photos of her with the kids. A LOVELY & LOVING thankful.... Denyse XX

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    1. Thanks so much Denyse for your lovely comment! It must be wonderful for you to spend that time with your grandchildren :)

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  5. Oh what a beautiful post. I only have a few grandmother memories because one died before I was born and the other lived in England. What memories I do have I treasure though and I am so glad my girls get to have two grandmas and a great grandma nearby

    Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses lovely.

    Oh and congratulations on the award http://aparentinglife.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/thanks-to-surprise-beginning.html

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    1. Oh Rhi! ...Thank you so much, you lovely lady :)

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  6. It's such a precious relationship, isn't it.
    Just beautiful.
    :-) x

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    1. Thanks Shar! It's lovely to watch :)

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  7. This is such a lovely post! The books are a fabulous idea - something really wonderful to look back at one day and recall the time they were created in. Its always very special to see a family with such a strong bond and relationship like this.

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  8. Lovely post. I never knew my grandparents and for years I told myself that was glad, probably as a way of shielding myself. Now I wish I had known them.

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  9. What a wonderful grandmother! She is giving them beautiful memories and special gifts they will always treasure. Thanks for linking up for Flash Blog Friday :-)

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  10. What an awesome grandma! love love love the book idea!

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