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Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)
TITLE: The Privilege of Being a Grandparent
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Becoming a grandparent has to be one of the very special moments in life. My wife and I remember the birth of each of our five children, every one of them significant. But becoming a grandparent is something different, a kind of graduation, and often associated with special features. Like the time when one of our daughters, having given birth to our very first grandchild, arranged for a telegram to be sent to us, reading “Congratulations Grandma and Grandpa, I’ve arrived. Trudy”. Suddenly we were promoted to another league!
The special privileges follow. The baby-sitting, the sleep overs, - after which one can usually hand them back again! And as they grow older, the outings and special excursions, like going to the zoo or animal park, or a Punch and Judy show. Along with these, the privilege of having children’s drawings and paintings attached to the fridge or other display areas in the kitchen, - even though you tend not to be able to find your own important messages.
Grandfather’s workshop at times becomes quite busy, designing and building such items as go-carts, bob-sets, gas and parking stations, rabbit and guinea pig hutches, chicken runs, - the list goes on and on. Unfulfilled childhood, it’s called! And what a joy to hear squeals of delight from satisfied customers, or to have a small child throw his or her arms around you and say “I really do love you, Grandpa (or Grandma)!”
But of course, those of us who are grandparents know that it goes much further than all this. Having, for instance, grandchildren at school has given us the privilege of visiting the school, getting to know staff and students, and assist as volunteers in numerous ways. This has enriched our own lives and also given us the opportunity to help others in the name of Christ.
What an incalculable spiritual investment in the lives of the children and grandchildren God has given us. What an inestimable privilege!
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