Thursday, August 3, 2017

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.”

~Alex Haley

I listen to the chatter of my granddaughter who is downstairs using her imagination and playing a game with dolls that were mine when I was a child.

I wish it wasn’t special.

I wish it was an everyday occurrence–or at least something that happened once a week or so when she dropped by to visit and maybe spend a night or two or ten.

I wish I would hear her voice call ‘Grandma!’ as she rushes through the front door and it would be ordinary–nothing special.

I wish our time together was frequent and regular and I would grow weary and wonder if I had the energy to keep up with her for one more hour.

I wish it was commonplace for her to crawl into bed with us in the morning and share quiet early morning moments before the day begins.

I wish I would hear her voice often jumping in at the end of a prayer before dinner, giving thanks for something in particular.

I wish I could join in with her songs and games, over and over again, until I was weary of them.

I wish I wouldn’t have to tuck her into bed later tonight with a lump in my throat when she tells me again that she wishes she could stay longer.

I stand at the top of the stairs and listen to the game she is playing, and the fun she is having in her make-believe world, and know a time like this would be special no matter how often I was blessed to bear witness to it. How could it be otherwise?

I’m grateful for this moment; I wish I could have more.

I hear a clock ticking and feel the weight of time passing and I whisper prayers for this dear one as she chatters on unaware.

I hope she knows how precious she is. I hope she learns how to stand strong, dream big, and never settle.

I hope she knows I love her to pieces and have since that day when I held her in my arms just after she was born and marvelled at the miracle she was. Still is.

I hope she knows she is in my heart every moment, whether we are together or whether the distance between us is far. Too, too far.

I hope she knows how special our time together is even though I wish it wasn’t. Because even if it wasn’t. . . it would be. Of course it would be.

I hope that the ordinary and extraordinary days we spend together will make a difference, and that the memories we make will linger long after I’m gone.

I wish. I hope. And I pray. And I pray some more. Because that’s what grandmas do.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. What incredible, visceral feelings to record for your granddaughter. I picture her grown one day, becoming all that you hope for her, and see tears in her eyes as she re-reads these words, this legacy from her precious grandmother. xo

    1. What a lovely thought, Mary Jo.

  2. Oh Linda! This brought tears to my eyes! So beautifully written!

    1. Thank you, Sister. It brought tears to my eyes when I was writing it too.

  3. Oh, Linda, yes!! You nailed it. The moment I held my grandson in the delivery room (12 years ago) I sensed I would never see the world in the same way again.. and I haven’t. It’s been wonderful. Beautiful reflection. Thank you!

    1. Becoming a grandparent truly is life-changing, isn’t it? One of the very best things about this stage of life.

  4. These are the talks I miss so much dear friend.

    1. I miss them too, Georgia.

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