I guess the older you get the more important it feels deep within to make memories that will long surpass you. There are things you think about and now have knowledge of when you are a grandparent, like children grow up so fast and you have limited time on how long you have to make an impression on them.
It seems like yesterday all of my children were at home. But in the blink of an eye they have grown up and are now with families of their own. Then it seemed like only yesterday hubby and I entered the sacred society of grandparenthood. Reality: that was nine years ago and four and a half grandchildren later.
As I said yesterday, I've made a few changes this summer, one of these changes is to play more. Don't be afraid to swing on the swings, go down the slides, or even throw on a bathing suit and jump through the sprinklers like you did when you were a kid.
Life is full of 'must dos' but that isn't what young people in your life will remember. Or maybe they will, if that is all you do. I made a firm decision this summer that the workaholic is not how I want to be remembered. So I've made a special point to take some time and play this summer.
We had a good deal of rain early on this summer so when the granddaughters asked if they could play in the mud puddles of course this brought back fond memories of my own childhood and playing in the mud when I was a kid. Of course this grandma said yes, I'm sure much to their parents dismay.
As a grandparent you can't focus on the mess, you have to focus on the experience, the fun, the joy of childhood. Children wash and so do their clothes. The experience of letting them run wild with their imagination will live long after you do.
I have often blogged about my own memories of being with my grandparents. There was always a fine mixture of work and letting us be kids. This is what I want to leave behind to my own grandchildren. Not that grumpy old lady who worked too much. But the grandma who worked but also knew how to play :)
Children grow up and change. They only have those years when their young to give you before they begin to branch out on their own and start taking these things into their adult lives. My oldest grandchild is nine now, I figure if things go as his uncles and mother did, I only have a few more years of these special times before he will be wanting to hang with his friends more than his relatives :) Its the law of nature after all. So grab those moments while you can. Relive the things you most enjoyed out of childhood and pass them along to a future generation.
Technology has taken over a good bit of our youths lives, why make it a part of the life you share with them?
Everyone have a lovely day!!!
Blessings to all!!!