Posts Tagged ‘ grandparenting ’


Jan 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Thumbing through a variety of materials over the weekend, I came across this lighthearted story from the pen of Leslie Weatherhead. It is a story that may prove useful to share with your grandchildren, as they go about the task of growing up.

“At school,” he says, “I sat next to a boy whom I envied with all my soul. He was so very lucky. His father was so very kind, and my father was apparently so hard and unjust. The boy lived in the country. If it was a lovely day, he would be allowed to go haymaking, instead of coming to school. He could go fishing or do what he liked. And when examinations came, he just stayed away again. My cruel, unjust and heartless father demanded that I should not only go to school every day, but even when examinations were on.

JUST FOR SUNDAY: 12/11/2011

Dec 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It was pure serendipity. Lunch was finished and our party was making its way toward the door. Suddenly I was struck by an animated toddler holding court at his table. All eyes were on him. Their affection and his joy were obvious.

I stopped to share in it. Upon getting the attention of the young man, he greeted me with a cherry “Hi, Grampa!”

I was transported. He had done only what few can do in seizing the moment to make it his. We chatted briefly. The table of family were obviously pleased with his performance and I was thrilled. They were having lunch without his older siblings, and he was the delightful center of all their attention. It was easy to see why. And then, it was time to go.

Spending Time You Will Never Regret

Aug 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

When choosing to spend time with someone in your life’s experience and circle, you are really investing in memories. My Mother is 91 years old. I am an only child. My Father died a number of years ago. It is my reward to live near her and to have occasion to see her with some regularity. We also talk by phone at least once a day. Those times are not particularly dramatic or unusual in their nature and kind, just ordinary opportunities that will eventually become extraordinary treasures. It will never be possible to regret the use of that time. It will never be that I will wish for less time spent, but only more.

When having occasion to be with a grandchild, one now past high school, or the others, still attending,

Seniors: Sending Our Granddaugther On Her Way

Jun 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

She went about her packing methodically and comfortably. So many trips had provided her with the skill to know how to get as much as possible and more into her bag. Her nanny had taught her how to be an efficient packer. She was packing all the clothes, the stuff, the souvenirs of a two week stay. But she was packing more than that too. She was packing our love, a bag full of memories that we would talk about for years to come. She was squeezing in all the moments, conversations, joys, pleasures we had shared in those two weeks.

But now, it was time to go home to resume her routine life with parents and friends. We will see her again, hopefully soon and often, but never again, at this midpoint in her adolescent adventure of growing up, with so much spontaneity and delicious pleasure. The treasures of this time will be stored in our hearts forever.

Seniors: Enjoy Your Grandchildren While You Can

May 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

This week, our grandson graduated from high school. It is a dramatic and amazing experience for grandparents. While we celebrate their accomplishments and life’s moving on, we are aware that there will be a lot of “no mores.” No more serendipities because they want be around. No more last minute going to the movies or checking out the mall. No more.

There will be some, but fewer. They are now on a different road, with more certain destinations and desires for getting there. They will continue to love us, but they will relate differently and with more maturity. Damn! Growing up has its pluses, but it is also a little sad.

Celebrate everything you can with your grandchildren, no matter how simple or innane. Just be there with them when the

Benefits of Our Grandchildren’s Video Games

Jan 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

I remember the first time I watched my (now) 18 year old grandson playing video games.  It was at least five years ago, and I watched the speed with which he responded manually to what he saw on the screen.  I saw him playing his character against several opponents (multi-tasking) and I saw the acuity […]