This month two of my grandchildren are graduating from college. A granddaughter in North Carolina is getting her BS and will be starting law school in the fall. A grandson in Tennessee is getting his Master’s.
As I rejoice in these two grandchildren’s success and hard work, I wonder where did the time go? It was only yesterday they were playing with puzzles at my kitchen table or playing on the merry-go-round at the park.
As my grandchildren grow up, go to college, start careers, get married, have lives of their own and also live so far from me (grandchildren in Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, and Tennessee – but only one in Michigan where I live) it is only natural that my time with them is limited. The circle of life turns and we old folks are no longer an active part of their lives.
But I often relive times spent with them as they grew up. My granddaughter who is graduating was such a cute baby.
When this picture was taken I was in the Philippines along with my husband and youngest daughter teaching in a Bible college. I missed her first year but I always treasured this picture her mother sent to me in the Philippines. Sometimes I feel sad that I missed her first tooth, her first step. But thankfully I was back with her by her second birthday and shared so much joy watching her grow up.
Her first step toward becoming a lawyer was getting her Associate’s Degree.
Now she has completed the second time with her Bachelor’s Degree. So excited for her as she takes this next step and enters fall school.
One of my prayers for my grandchildren has always been that when the time was right, God would give them a Christian husband/wife. It was my joy two years ago to see the answer to that prayer.
But sometimes I must confess I wonder if the memories I treasure are held in such esteem by my grandchildren.
So – today my heart is so happy. I got a text from this granddaughter that said:
“Brandon and I are at the mall and we saw a carousel. It made me remember all the times you and Grandpa took me and my brothers to the mall to ride the carousel. I love you!”
What can I say to express my joy!
If someone has given you great memories be it a grandparent, a parent, an aunt or uncle, maybe a school teacher or a youth leader, take time to let them know you remember. We often wait until someone has died to share how important those memories were. Sadly, it’s a little too late then.
Thank you Barbara Rose for remembering!