Wednesday, September 12, 2012

From my Granny to His Nana


Recently my mom and I were discussing the man child. He’s consistent with asking me two questions daily. The first is if I talked to my mom at some point during the day and if not can he call her. When I say the kid rolls out of bed and spits the same question, I am not exaggerating. My mom usually prays with him and chats about his day. It is another heartfelt family moment that I certainly cherish. I know my mom does as well.

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Actually it has left her pretty amazed so much that she has questioned me on more than one occasion if I am putting the “idea” in his head. I assured her that I have not but I do encourage him to call her. Why? Well after I pondered it for a brief moment I realized that it is as a natural as breathing to him. I’ve set the example. You all know how much I adored my Granny.

I won’t kid you she wasn’t a perfect Grandmother and I wasn’t the perfect granddaughter. There was even a time I think we didn’t speak for a very long time because I was upset with her. I got over it and life went on but for as long as I can remember my Granny was the glue that held our family together. When my son was born I went to live with my mom for a few years. He was her in-house grandson.

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Over the years we’ve taken trips both in and out of state. She comes to visit during the holidays. While I was pursing my doctoral degree she would come and stay with him while I traveled for my residency. So my final conclusion was that he loves his NaNa the way I love my Granny. He learned by example. What a proud moment in my family. I hope that every grandparent has a grandchild with a heart like my son. One, who appreciates the wisdom, seeks out their love and reaches out across the miles! I know my Granny is smiling down on us. 

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What are your thoughts? Have we stopped teaching our young people to value the elderly?



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10 comments:

LowCarbTiki said...

That is so sweet. Sadly, my mother died a couple of months before my oldest was born so they never knew that love of a grandmother. BTW, I'm loving that skirt!

Consider Me Lovely said...

Awww, what a lovely story and bond! It's definitely up to the parents to place value on relationships with the elderly, and you're doing a great job!! That skirt is gorgeous on you.

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Inez said...

Loved this post!
I need to talk to my mom, we've hit a rough patch and things have been hard....

Ticka said...

That bond is so important. I love that your son has that relationship with your mom!

I lived with my grandmother for the majority of my life prior to her passing, and I didn't understand it at the time, but what we had was AMAZING, and no one could come close. My mom lives in a different state & my children speak with her daily as well. It's my doing right now, but the hope is that they do as your son does and makes it a force of habit.

I think that the younger grandmothers get these days, the less important the bond has become. For instance, I know a lady who became a grandmother at 37, and she "has her own life to live" and is not really concerned with her grandkids :(

Kerissa said...

Oh wow. That must be hard. Hugs to you! I hope God sends someone to be a mother/grandmother figure if He hasn't already.

Kerissa said...

I had this very same conversation again today with an older coworker & we both agree it is really up to us to build a strong family structute. Thanks for stopping by.

Kerissa said...

Thanks. Try TJMaxx or Marshalls.

Kerissa said...

Inez, do. There is nothing that isn't forgivable when it comes to a mother/daughter relationship. My mom & I don't always agree but we've learn to love despite three conflict and that means the world to us both. Here if you need me!

Kerissa said...

Ticka, you are so on point. The family is younger and younger with no real life lessons & experiences to pass on. We are destroying ourselves. I'm shocked when I'm asked if my Granny & I were close. Yes, what we had was UH_MAZZZZIIINNNGGG!

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