Friday, June 18, 2010

Grandmothers!--prayers, goodies and surprises, mending...

The image here is a painting by Leonardo da Vinci showing Jesus with his grandmother--St. Ann--and Mary. (Amazing to think that God had a grandmother, isn't it!)

Recently I have been thinking a lot about grandmothers and their roles and importance in the family. This is partly because I have received some cute, funny emails with lots of quotes about grandparents. Let me share a few of the thoughts with you:

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting. ~Author Unknown

What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars' worth of pleasure. ~Gene Perret

Grandchildren don't stay young forever, which is good because Grandfathers have only so many horsy rides in them. ~Gene Perret

An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer than that, and you start to age quickly. ~Gene Perret

Here are perhaps my favorites:

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete. ~ Marcy DeMaree


Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old. ~Mary H. Waldrip

(There are lots more of these little aphorisms out there...)

Thinking seriously about what we grandmothers can do for our grandchildren--and their parents, our children:

* We can pray for them daily! And when we are with them, we can pray with them.

* When we are with them, we can make sure to take the time to focus particular attention on each child--to shine the full beam of our love on each one, individually. Maybe take each child for a little walk, or some other sort of outing? We want to have a special, personal bond with each of them.

* We can provide special surprises and treats--yummy cookies? brownies? special candies?(There are many other kinds of surprises we can provide as well!) That is part of the great fun of being a grandparent! The point is not to spoil our grandchildren or to undercut their parents' discipline, but just to bring in something special. I know my children remember with loving gratitude the goodies my mother and mother-in-law (two wonderful women!) always had waiting when we arrived for a visit.

* Speaking of my mother-in-law: whenever she came for a visit she would say "Bring out your mending"--and she would do it all for me! It was great because of course when the children were young I didn't have time to keep up with the mending, and children's clothes so often get torn or develop holes! I now try to do that whenever I visit my married children.

If you have other thoughts or suggestions, please feel free to add them in the comments.


  1. Oh how our children love their Gwy...and in particular how they love singing with her! It is always a special treat when Gwy sings them a bedtime song. They even know a fun rhyme that dates back to 1903 that has been passed down the line of grandmothers!

  2. Hi, this lifted my spirits !! My two dear little grandsons live in another country and we miss them so much. God is so good, they are indeed a blessing. We recently 3wks with them, it was so hard to leave but you love them no matter where they or you are, and entrust them to God.