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Going to Granny's
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The sun is coming up. My brothers, sister and I are asleep on the living room floor, but sounds from the kitchen wake us. A fresh egg hits the skillet and it sizzles. The aroma of homemade biscuits makes its way to our noses. Granny is up. And breakfast is going to be good!

This is how I remember mornings at my Grandma’s house as a child. We’d make the two-day trip to visit her every summer, and it was the highlight. We never considered Disneyland or hotel vacations—we were going to Granny’s! Collecting eggs in the morning, walking to the corner store to get a bottle of pop, eating dinner outside in the cool evening breeze and playing hide-and-go-seek in the dark with cousins seemed much more exciting.

What made going to Granny’s so enticing? As an adult looking back, I can see clearly that it was love. She didn’t have a degree or high paying job. She didn’t have a large, fancy house. But she did have love—and we felt it. We knew she’d be waiting on the front porch to greet us with open arms when we arrived, and then shed tears on that same porch a week later when we said goodbye for another year.

Grandparents are Important

Grandparents can be such an important part of their grandchildren’s lives. Some are well-off financially and can give money towards school bills, music lessons, camps and hobbies. Others can teach skills such as cooking, sewing, yard work, or car repair. Maybe some are great at reading, while others can tell stories of adventure from days-gone-by.

I know a grandpa who studies with all his grandchildren when they prepare for baptism. I know a grandma who prays for each of her grandchildren by name every night—and there are 18 of them! I also know two grandparents who crisscross their city to watch each grandson’s sporting events. Whenever their grandsons look up into the bleachers, they see their grandparents there cheering. These same grandparents once traveled four hours just to hear one of their granddaughters play in a piano recital.

Such simple acts, you might think, but such loving ones. Even if you don’t get to see your grandchildren often due to distance or health issues, there are other ways to stay connected. Phone calls, letters, emails and care packages will keep you in touch so you don’t feel like a stranger when you do see them.

If you’re a grandparent, you have a lot to offer your grandchildren. You may not always agree with what the younger generation is doing, but with an open mind, open heart and open arms, you can draw them to you. And best of all, your love can draw them to God. You can be a steady influence in a world that feels unsteady to them. Your home can be a place where they know they’ll be accepted and loved. A place that feels like home.

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