Thursday, April 7, 2011

He left his heart in Utah...and I am okay with that:)

Michael and I just returned from a glorious visit with
our grandbaby Annabelle!

Oh...and we saw our children too-wink, wink!
Every waking minute was spent watching, holding, feeding, bathing,
entertaining, and playing with Annabelle.
Who would have thought it could be such fun to
watch a baby touch a bush,
or play with a button on a brown college kid couch???
My sweet hubby left his heart in Utah
...and I am okay with that!


 Now let me assure you that we did and do love our children very much! 
But oh, the magic of grandparent love! 
As most things in life I have a theory, 
an opinion ( imagine that!--eye roll from the children)
on where the magic comes from......

  When we are young we are something like the grinch
 with a heart that is 3 sizes too small.

Now this is because WE have been the recipients of 
constant care ourselves and life can be too easy 
as others pave the way for our every want...
overindulgent parents should feel a bit of guilt about now!

 BUT as we grow and learn to love others, 
and give service... our heart grows 
and we GET IT!

 That is why it is SO fun to be a grandparent,
our hearts are HUGE:)

 After all we have very often just come through the storm of teenagers
with it's massive learning curve in patience and tolerance!
While in the teenage trenches our heart is growing to keep up with
 the constant pain of loud music, rolled eyes, slammed doors,
and the ever present teenage scowl. 
Of course my own children never did such things:)  

 back to more pleasant thoughts like little pink packages 
that smile when you sing silly songs.

Now I know how my grandmother Nellie felt about me!

 I know why she would fire up the skillet and make me
pancakes on a Saturday morning, 
why she made me a crocheted pillow, 
why she let me have butter pecan ice-cream
...even when my mom said no, 
why her eyes would light up when we came through the door, 
and mostly why it felt so good to be around her...
she had a BIG heart from years of stretching and growing 
and loving everyone around her. 

I have very big shoes to fill at Nellie's Cottage!

Oh that my heart will someday be as big as hers...

and I know just who to practice on:)

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