Archive for November, 2008
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these.
~George Washington Carver
It’s interesting being part of a generation sandwiched between children and grandparents. My children are at a wide range of ages…from preschool to young adulthood. Watching them reach milestones I have reached (some in the distant past…some maybe not soooo distant) is an experience every parent goes through.
Perhaps more challenging, however, is the evolving relationship with your children’s grandparents…YOUR parents…as they (and you) age.
I have carried with me countless lessons, tips, and fundamental ways of doing things that were bestowed upon me from my parents. I would not be who I am without having had the blessing of being raised by these two special people.
Life has a way of evolving these concrete relationships, however…and nothing stays the same. Time marches on and the strong, invinceable parents show signs of aging. This can be a frightening, sobering thing if you allow yourself to really think about it.
Also…once you really start to think about it…it is impossible not to travel down that road even a little further and imagine that some day…I too…will be standing where my parents are…and my children will be standing where I am today.
Okay…time to shake off the morbidity…and smile…and enjoy TODAY!