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Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)
TITLE: A little child shall lead them
By Anne Linington
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What I didn't know at that time was that when Grandma became pregnant out of wedlock, Granddad's family would have nothing to do with the young couple, a rift that never healed.
Eventually they moved to Ireland, and the family was never reconciled, even when a second son died aged at the age of two.
With hindsight, I wonder how much pain my probing brought to the surface, and whether our conversations had some benefit in themselves?. Did this grandmother/ grand-daughter relationship have any therapeutic value for the elderly lady, almost fifty years after the traumatic events? There was never any reluctance in answering my searching questions. Perhaps innocently, I gave her an opportunity to think about former days and in some small way come to terms with her life events.
This formative experience almost certainly began in me the enjoyment of asking questions, not fearing to ask even difficult ones on occasion. Listening to story, the narrative of people's often extraordinary lives is a privilege. Whether it is in a hospital waiting room, at a parking meter, in a Supermarket Queue, I find that very quickly someone has told me part of their life story, or some pain or fear that is on their mind.
If like me you feel led by God to say hello, ask an open question, listen without judgment to a story- including the pain- then perhaps in some small way we can provide the sounding-board that many need; to hear themselves, to re-process their thinking and to come up with their own solutions for going forward.
Perhaps the greatest gift we can offer is to re-affirm their humanity by our listening, and say “you are valuable, you really matter”.
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