It’s an honorable role, grandmother.
That’s how I see it.
And this week, for the second time this summer, the role of grandma — Gramma Janet, to be specific — is one I adopt with gusto.
My older son Dave, is here this week with his two boys, Elijah, nearly 14, and Raleigh, 11.
Here they are in their first visit to us here in Vermont, ten years ago:
How quickly they grow.
Too soon, they’ll move out of that sturdy nest their parents have woven, and fly.
Our job, as parents — and as grandparents, I believe — is to give our children the very best opportunity to sail, to soar if that is what they choose (though not everyone wants to soar, and that’s OK too), but to be the very best of whatever their talents allow them to be.
Today, I add my commitment to build a world in which more of our young have the same opportunity.
Here’s one of my favorite photos of Raleigh and Elijah. Their dad took this on their last day of school, four years ago.
How about you? What role are you adopting this week?
Next week: A Fun Look At Advance Directives