All Kinds of Grandmas

Posted on: January 22nd, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

Whether your grandchild calls you Nookmis, Bibi, MorMor, Oma, YaYa, MeMe, Granny or Abuelita, it is a name that warms your heart.  The name our grandchildren choose for us often symbolizes their affection for us.  And, there are as many different names as their are different grandmas.

Yet, in spite of different names, different locations, different cultures, we are very much the same. Grandmothers all over the world have something in common.  Our grandchildren are a gift to us.  They have taken over a special place in our hearts.

The Bible tells us that “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children” (Proverbs 17:6) At a time in life when we most need to have someone to reach out to, God sends us our grandchildren.  They are a crown of joy to us.

No two grandmas are the same.  Some are cooking grandmas.  Others enjoy camping and hiking.  I have a friend who makes certain her grandchildren have cultural experiences she believes will prepare them for social and work situations in the future.  Some grandmas are napping grandmas, curling up with an afghan and a great book and snuggling and reading to a fascinated little one. Are you an artsy grandma?

Whata kind of a grandma are you?  Can you embrace your gifts, strengths and style and enjoy being the grandma God made you to be.

In David Benner’s little book, The Gift of Being Yourself, he explains that God is most glorified in us when we re most fully ourselves.   He illustrates this principle by saying a tulip does not struggle with being a tulip–does not wish to become  a rose.  Instead all of its energy  goes into blooming and being nothing but  tulip.   He also suggested that a rock doesn’t fight against being a rock…it simply does what a rock does and in that way brings glory to God. Only humans struggle to be other than what God created them to be.

We don’t have to bake chocolate chip cookies and knit hats in order for our grandchildren to benefit from our input.  There is so much more we can do as grandmothers.

Sometimes we struggle to be like someone else.  As grandmothers, let us engage in an experiment.  Be the grandma you are most intereted in being –the one that best suits you.  See what happens.

Think About It

Which ones of these descriptons best describe your grandma style?

1. Teacher

2. Mentor

3. Guide

4. Nature Guide

5.  Cooking teacher

6. Gardener

7. Bird watcher

8. Lego Builder

9. Craft and art person

10. Silly game player

11. Listener

12. Confidant

13. Careful counselor

14. Encourager

15. Tutor

16. Coach

17. Travel Guide

18 Fishing Buddy

19. Reader

20. Singer and Joke Teller

21. Advocate and Protector

22. Pray-er

Whatever you have to give, wherever you live, whatever name your sweet grandchildren give to you—pull out all the stops.  Be yourself.  Use your gifts and abilities to enrich the lives of children.

Whatever you love, jump in with both  feet and enjoy the grandchildren God has given you.

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