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GRANDMOTHER OF TWO

It’s been a little over three years since Lexi’s brother Tyler was born.  He’s 14 months younger than she.  I had no idea that I would experience the degree of love for them that I have. I’ve watched them make it through her jealousy after he was born, which didn’t last long at all, his colic – which did, the terrible two’s and now that he’s three and she’s four, they’re more like twins, even if a slight stretch of the Irish kind. 

For me, one of the best things is watching just how much they care about each other.  She said a few weeks ago, ” Tyler’s my best friend forever”.  He rushes to her rescue whenever he has the chance.  Even though he’s younger, he is showing a protective big brotherlyness.  She eats it up and lavishes him with her feminine ways.  It’s pretty common for her to show him what to do… and he does.  He was only a little over a year old when she took him on a pretend shopping spree through their house, while dutifully holding his hand as she dragged him around….and he went.  I don’t know how much he loved it, but he kept quiet. 

If he hears her cry, he rushes to her rescue and if another kid should lay a hand on her, they better watch out because it seems to raise his testosterone level to aggressive.  He likes to make things better, too. One night when they stayed overnight, she was acting like a little princess and wanted me to bring her juice, which was on the table 3 feet away,  over to her.  I was busy and wanted her to get it, which she stubbornly refused to do.  After several unfruitful back and forth volley’s of “no, you get it” and “no, you get it”, Tyler looked first at her, then at me and he got up and got it. 

This ringside seat is priceless and it gives their parents, me, their other grandparents and relatives, an endless supply of laughter, frustration, tears, joy,  discovery, surprise, anger, love, even more love and I pray, many, many more years to come.

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April 5, 2010 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

HAPPY THANKSGIVING KAREN


Written 11/25/08

It struck me recently just how significant it is that my daughter and I are sharing the journey of our lives. Although separate, we are together and the tie that binds is one that can’t be seen, only felt, if acknowledged. How I have taken for granted the one relationship that is always with me, part of the fiber of my being and the one that I pray will be with me until I am no more. It is wondrous and magnificent that such a bond exists. How is it possible to explain or define it? All the spoken “I love you’s” don’t even touch its depth. It is a wordless understanding that only comes with recognition of the power of this life long link. In our case, the bond has been only strengthened and not weakened by another sibling or parent for her or another child or husband for me. In its strength, we have allowed each other to live separately and grow individually but always with support and love. I am so thankful to not only have this wonderful relationship with my daughter, but to also have this awareness just two days before Thanksgiving. This has been the most profound relationship of my life and an honor to share it with my daughter Karen.

Divine wisdom:
There are no further words needed or emotions to express. It is a tribute of love from your heart which has opened to fully experience giving and receiving it. Let there be no doubt that the old fortress, the wall you built around your heart for protection is gone forever. Love is free to come and go and the warmth radiates through and from you with its entire splendor. That was what you saw in your grandson’s face, in his smile the other day. It was a mirror, reflecting back what you so easily now give and yes, it was amazing and inspiring to see.


Thank you.

January 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment


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