Louise Wyse wrote: “A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do.”
Were there ever cuter, smarter, more lovable people than your grandchildren?
When you have grandchildren it is easy to feel like a dinosaur. Little kids, in awe, ask what it was like before there were video games and electricity. They want to know if there were schools when you were their age or if you lived in a log cabin.
Whenever I am convinced that they are plotting to find a home for me, I gain inspiration from grandmothers who have enjoyed many many Mother’s Days with their children, their children’s children, and in my mom’s case, her children, their children and their children’s children.
There is no more inspirational story than that of Mollie Wood who has celebrated scores of Mothers’ Days. Last May, she had her first great, great, great grandmothers’ day. A very young 111-year-old, Mollie cherishes the six generations photo taken that day. Pictured with her as six generations of women: her 88 year-old daughter, her daughter and the mother of sixteen-year-old new mom, Savannah, with her newborn, two-week-old Braylin. Now there’s a poster family for Mother’s Day!
Around the world, on the second Sunday of May, sons and daughter, grandsons and granddaughters, nieces and nephews will place long-distance calls to the special women in their lives. Florists will have the best week of their entire year and jewelry will fly out of upscale establishments. Tons of decadent chocolates will be mass produced so there is enough to meet the demands of this special day. Restaurants will do a landslide business as families take moms and grandmothers and other special women in their lives out for brunch or dinner.
For me, Mother’s Day is a special time to spend precious moments with the two extremes of my family: my nearly eighty-eight-year-old mother and my nearly eight-year-old grandchildren. What could be a greater gift than time spent together?
My own grandmothers lived near me when I was a child. I used to love spending time with each of them. For a day, a few hours, or for a special sleepover, I was an only child. Don’t get me wrong! I love my siblings. But, every once in a while, it was nice to be the only kid and have grandma time. I hope my grandchildren will remember the time I spend baking and losing at video games with them as fondly as I remember gardening and canning and making jams and pickles with my grandmothers.
Do you have a special grandma story? We’d love to hear it!
Whether you’re a mother or a grandmother, or you would like to send a special gift to your own mother or grandmother who deserves a great mother’s day gift, this is a perfect gift for these special women.