Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The "Treasure Receiver"

The past several years, I have had the great joy to be a "treasure receiver". My three sweet grandsons have been quick to give me "treasures" . . . old, dead, dry sycamore leaves (because they are so big and cool!!!!), little green leaves ("These are leaves, grandma!!!!!") flowers (which are actually weeds) by the hands-full, not to mention smiles, "twinkling" eyes, hugs, kisses, snuggles, stories and jokes . . . treasures all! 

My grandsons have been convinced I love these treasures, because I always smile, tell them, "thank you" and give them hugs in return. While I may not "love" old, dead, dry leaves or weeds by the hands-full, I absolutely love my grandsons with all my heart, so if something is "treasured" by them, I'm so happy and thankful to be the person with whom they share these "treasures".


Yesterday my oldest grandson sent a link for a new song he created (he is very talented at creating music). I asked his poppa to tell him I am impressed, to which he replied; "As one would expect from grandma!" He knows me and yes, I am grandma and am impressed!

I know the day is coming when I will not receive the old leaves and weeds, as my grandsons are getting older; however, since they have quite the sense of humor, it is highly likely I will continue to receive the stories and jokes for quite some time, because they are creative, I expect to be blessed with new music, and I know since they are sweet and loving boys, they will continue to bless me with their hugs, kisses, smiles, and the mischievous twinkle in their eyes.

It is all too easy to become distracted by "things" in this world and in so doing we miss out on the true treasures - time spent with those we love. Take time to invest in what matters and build relationships, strong, solid relationships with your grandchildren. It matters for them now and throughout their lives.


These strong relationships will help give your grandchildren a true sense of who they are and will give you a "platform" from which you are able to hand down the faith. So, enjoy the dry leaves 
and handfuls of flowers/weeds - truly enjoy them - your young grandchildren will grow up so quickly and these "treasures" are their expressions of love, which makes them true treasures indeed.

When your grandchildren are grown, they will remember how you loved the "treasures" they gave you; and will understand it was really about how much you loved them. They will know it is what they have come to expect from "grandma". This love you have for your grandchildren impacts them today, and for years to come, so love them - it makes a difference.


#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 



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