A Tribute to Grandmothers, without whom my life would have been greatly impoverished:
We all have grandmother figures whom we look up to, and at some point we all wonder what to do to be a good grandmother. What can we learn from these ladies’ examples that will give us greater impact with our own children, grandchildren and other young people in our spheres of influence?
My maternal grandmother spoiled us. Not rotten, but we definitely knew we were special. While at home we only ever got blah (i.e. good for you) cereals, Grandma always had our favorites on hand when we arrived for our summer visit, and we were allowed to choose whichever one we wanted on the next shopping trip! Her big four poster bed was a special place reserved for reading, snuggled in luxury! From her I learned that a good grandmother
- makes others feel special without spoiling them
- makes time to read and snuggle
- shows more love than frustration
My paternal Grandma’s impact on my life extends beyond the culinary and sewing arts, in that, while teaching me those things, she also patiently taught me how to feed and dress the soul. We knew our grandparents had a date with the Lord each morning over breakfast, and often we arrived at their door just in time to hear the final Bible reading and listen to them pray through the list of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Grandma taught me that the best grandmother
- is joyful in serving her family and is a gracious hostess
- is meticulous in her responsibilities (Yes, there is a right way to tuck in bedsheets!)
- delights in simple pleasures and sees God’s object lessons in everyday living
- actively keeps her mind”stayed on Him”
- prays for her family regularly
I know that “blood is thicker than water”, but I also know that there may be some reading this who may not be biological mothers, and may feel like you don’t have an influence. You couldn’t be more wrong! Every woman can positively influence those God puts in your path, even if they aren’t any “blood relation”. You may never know the full impact of your example, influence, and love.
Keep reading to see how my non-blood-relative Grandma’s had an impact on my life.