Cornerstone Ruminations: Grandparents Day
Grandparents are special members of our families. They lead and guide us through their wisdom and experience. Grandparents are especially important in teaching young children. They teach more directly by telling stories and sharing family and cultural traditions. Grandparents are also in a unique position to reinforce limits and lessons from parents while also listening, wiping away tears and showing their grandchild that they understand. Read below to see how each member of the CWMP has been impacted by their grandparents!
Don – My best memory was being able to drive my Grampa Dailey’s John Deere tractor when I was way too young to be driving. He let me drive it by myself! I felt so grown up!
Leslie – My special memory on grandparents’ day is anything and everything that included my grandmother, Nora Leland or as I called her Grandma Leland. She was like a 2nd mother to me. I spent a lot of time with her and for a time, she lived with us. She was an amazing gardener and canned everything she could. She sewed each of her grandchildren new pajamas every Christmas – she had 8 children of her own and each of them was married with children, so she sewed A LOT of pajamas!
Hailey – My grandma’s birthday is on this day, September 10! She will be 80 years old today. I call my grandma “Goggy” because I couldn’t say grandma as a child. My Goggy has been very instrumental in raising me. When I was a sophomore in High school, I was on the brink of failing geometry. She decided to drive 40 minutes every Monday and Wednesday to pick me up from school and help me complete my geometry homework.
Dee – I only had one grandparent growing up, which was my Maternal Grandmother. She was the sweetest patient women, you ever met. She would kindly just talk to me about life, and all her stories growing up, and I loved to listen. My favorite memory is her teaching me how to make her homemade biscuits from scratch. To this day, I still make those biscuits from time to time.
Jennifer – Growing up I always spent a week each summer with each set of grandparents. With my paternal side, we would have “Grandmama Camp” and my girl cousins would come and have a week of lake fun. With my maternal side, it was a special time with just myself and them. They would always make the visit so special. Sometimes I wish I could do it all over again!