I always knew there would come a time when one of my children, or all of them, would have kids. I remember thinking how that would make me a grandmother! I don’t know why we always associate being a grandparent as being old. We are not older, we are wiser. It’s just like having lines appear on our faces; those crinkles that pop up almost suddenly. They don’t mean we are old. They just mean we have had expression. We have lived, laughed, been surprised and even cried. They become etched upon our faces to remind us of the moments we enjoyed and those we overcame.
In the same way, grandchildren remind us of a job well done. We are blessed! God says that birthing children is an inheritance. That inheritance goes onward to become even more “grand” as the years go by. I saw both of my granddaughters as soon as they were born. Alexsys, my first, was with me the first year of her life during the day while her mama went back to work. I got to see all of her firsts. Her first word, step, smile, and everything in between. When my second granddaughter, Iryss, was born, I slept in the car in the hospital parking lot and part of the time on the couch near the waiting room.
I will never forget their eyes the first time I saw them and they seemed to look at me. It’s instant love just like when all of my kids were born. These are the ones who move onward, passing down the family inheritance; good and not so good. I dream sometimes about what they might be in the future. My hope for them is that God will always bless them with the very best of everything. Nope, they don’t make me older, they make me hope filled. I know they will discover new things in this world when my time here is over.
I know, one day I will watch from another form, with hopes, dreams, and prayers, just like I do now. They are a legacy that love lives on way after we leave this earthly existence. They are our spiritual wonders.
Today, my hope and prayers are for your grandchildren! May they inherit the very best parts of you and all that you are!
Loving you from here,
Dr Rev Jenine Marie Howry