Our trips to my grandparents’ home as a child were fun. Granddaddy and Little Mama were special people to us. We lived about 4 hours away from them, so we didn’t see them all the time. They didn’t attend our ball games or any of our special activities. They were much older and didn’t travel at all. So, our time with them was always at their home – out of the normal flow of our lives. But, it was fun. We were all blessed by them.
Where has the time gone? Now, I AM A GRANDPARENT!!!!
It is hard to believe. We now have Connor, Josh and Adah. These three kids know us as Papa Dennis and Mimi. I never anticipated how sweet those names would be. It is amazing to have the privilege of grandparenting.
Our roles are a bit different than the ones played by my grandparents. We are much closer to our grandchildren in every respect. They are in our home several times a week. We are in theirs as well. We go to church together. We go to ball games, school functions, host birthday parties and all other manner of activities. Cindy cooks a big meal each Sunday and we all gather at our house and eat together and just do life together.
I must admit, I love it. I love kids in general. I always have. I enjoy their perspective, innocence, imagination and I enjoy observing their journey of discovery. I also recognize what a responsibility I now have as a grandfather. I want to be a blessing to the generations in my own family.
I want my grandkids to know how much I love Jesus. I want them to grow up and follow Him for the rest of their lives. I also want them to know how much I love them and hope the best for them. I want them to have fun with me. I want to teach them and enjoy them. I’ve already bought both of the boys their own sets of golf clubs – and we have made numerous trips to the driving range. I also hit balls with them – it is the least I can do.
Plus, I enjoy watching my daughter as a parent. It is fun to see her come to grips with some of the things we already know! But, I have enjoyed seeing the maturity in her as she loves her little family.
I love being with them all. Grandparenting is great. And – I must admit, after a full day with them, I don’t mind watching them back down the driveway with their parents! What can I say?