Monday, September 7, 2009

A Grandparent's Influence

All of my grandparents were living when I was born, although my paternal grandfather died when I was three. I remember him, though; his kindness, the pats on my head, his snow-white hair and blue eyes, his gentle ways.

I wish Paw Paw Wilson could have lived longer, but I have always been thankful for my three remaining grandparents. They were a big part of my life, and although they are gone now, their influence lives on.

My grandson and I spent many happy times together as he was growing up. And if I have influenced Chase only half as much as my grandparents influenced me, I will have been a success as a grandmother.

Chris Holm, an online friend and excellent crime writer, has written a touching tribute to his grandfather, and all grandparents should take the time to read it.

It will warm your heart.


Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

I lost my grandfather's when I was 16 and 17 but I was in my 30s before my grandmothers died 5 years apart. My graandmothers we great influences on me! Kids are so busy these days it's had to spend enough time with them to ba an influence! :)

Suzanne said...

Grandparent are a wonderful gift.

Chris said...

I think that trying to be the kind of grandparent you remember to your own grandson is a goal to which everyone should aspire. And thanks for your kind words!

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

I still miss my grandparents and they lived to be 97 & 98 and were married 75 years!

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