by Cynthia Genovese – Catholic News
Thank God for grandparents everywhere who love with perspective, and to grandchildren everywhere who need such love.
Sometimes love, in order to be it’s sweetest, must ripen on the family tree one generation beyond the parent stage. Oh, parental love is tough, like a fruit picked partially green; it will take a lot of jostling. But to be infused with the sweet juices of compassion, humor, and understanding, love needs a little ripening.DOWNLOAD THE BULLETIN
Someone might say that the generation gap is only between succeeding generations. Defenses seem to wane after that. What you can’t tell your parents, you can always tell grandma. If daddy can’t fix it, grandpa can. And don’t we all deserve to have at least one person in our lives who thinks we’re the prettiest, the smartest, the cleverest, and the least flawed person on the face of the earth?
Let others warn, discourage, point out the pitfalls. Grandparents are the ones who are encouraging, embracing, accepting and relish in our dreams.
Grandparents are a valuable resource because they have so many stories and experiences from their own lives to share. Oftentimes, children will listen to grandparents even when they are not listening to their parents or other adults. Grandparents also offer a link to a child’s cultural heritage and family history.
Honor your grandparents today and every day, for their love is wise, unconditional and a true blessing to your family!