A funny definition of grandchildren is that they are God’s blessing to parents who did not murder their teenage children. Let that sink in for a moment. Then, marvel at the wonder of words that time the unexpected with the fully understood message accomplished with a very few words.
What is nearly as marvelous as a well timed joke is the wonder of how a grandchild can capture your heart as a grandparent and never let it go. Before there is even a single cogent conversation love is permanently established.
How is it possible to be so in love with a young life when we have never had the briefest of conversations? Yet, devotion to this little one is permanently established. There will be no compromise on that family bond of loyalty.
When he smiles, I smile. Of course when he laughs it is infectious and I laugh heartily. Even when he cries I do not panic, there is no discomfort I just love on him.
Bringing comfort to this little soul is a sheer delight. We cuddle together and his little life quiets down. I sink deep into my easy chair as his crying slows and transforms into a quiet whimper.
He snuggles into my arms and breaths like he is relieved. Tears soak into my shirt and little brown eyes stare up into mine. A gentle smile breaks out on his countenance and I melt in a deeper sense of commitment.
Yes, I will teach him many ways to enter into mischief. Together we will laugh through adventures and make fabulous memories together. We will learn about fun, humor, the outdoors, the Bible, faith, hope and love.
Honestly, I will love passing on the lessons of life and the joys of daily living to this precious little one. Who knows but God what the potential of this one life will be. He will bring great blessing into the lives of many.
In the mean time I will laugh when he goes through his antics. Each time he achieves a new landmark in his progress I will smile. Eagerly I will look forward to the many firsts of his life and chuckle while he finds his way through the maze of growing up.
Pictures will remind me of those times since thousands of miles will separate us for most of the year. Videos will allow me the joy of reliving those life stages especially when I cannot be physically present. Grandchildren are a miraculous bundle without a doubt. They are treasured gift from the Lord.
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