The Greatest Thing in the World for Seniors

Apr 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It is past our bedtime, which comes quite early.  We are two hours behind our normal schedule.  Our permanent residence is in the Central Time Zone, while our part time domicile is in the Mountain Time Zone.  The phone rings.  It is our granddaughter.  “Oh, I’m sorry I woke you.  You are Sun people.”  That last part is correct.  But to be awakened by our granddaughter is like having the sun come out and shine right over and around us.  She is so (the words are typical for grandparents, but the grandchild is anything but typical) magnificent, wonderful, superb, loving, thoughtful, bright and a delicious part of our lives.

The greatest thing in the world is to have the phone ring and to have it be one of our grandchildren.  The greatest thing in the world is to be showered with attention, even if briefly, by our grandchildren.  The greatest thing in the world is to be invited to be in their audience, to hear what is happening in their lives, to repond to a request to attend a concert, in which they/she will be playing,.   The greatest thing in the world is to be asked to borrow a hat she will need in some  upcoming school production., that we will also attend.  That’s the greatest thing in the world.

The lift, emotionally, that comes by way of a call can’t really be described.  To be part of their agenda, which is so constantly refilled, just as the last thing they were to do before the day ends, their call comes.  Their agenda may be completed for the day, but our bucket is full.  There aren’t enough such moments in our lives.  That is why all of them are such golden treasures, such jewels of recollection.  Our grandchildren can suddenly bring sunshine even if it is the cloudiest and gloomiest day.  They pay no attention to the weather.  They help transform it. 

I don’t know about you, but we say that a call from any of our children and grandchildren  is welcome anytime, for any reason.  Of course, late night calls always give us pause.  We are anxious that bad news may be coming  over the lines.  Most of the time, however, it is just the inspiration of serendipity.  That is what grandchildren in particular do for us.  They introduce those sudden and unexpected moments when for the life of us, we had no idea we were in their thoughts.    

Such times are part of the surprises that creation offers us.  That’s why grandchildren were born.

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