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grandparenting

The joy of leaving a legacy
BY LINDA AND RICHARD EYRE

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about important things or am I just tending them?
* What will they remember about me?
* Am I remembering to have fun?
* What legacy do I want to leave that will help
light the path ahead of them in this jarring but joyful
world?
* How do I make each feel that he/she is my
favorite?
And each grandchild can be your favorite in his or
her own unique way. Each has unique gifts and unique
problems. Some are dreamy and artistic, some are balls
of fire, some are quiet and reflective. The legacy we
leave will be a little different with each one.

o one can fully describe the exhilaration of holding that first grandbaby in your arms! The baby of
your baby, fresh and new to this world. There lies
joy and rapture, anticipation and wonder, along with some
worry about what the future will hold for that precious
bundle! But the inevitable ups and downs ahead are all
wrapped up into a big beautiful sphere of adventure for
grandparents called, "the joy of leaving a legacy."
It is said that "Parenting is an investment and grandparenting is the return on the investment." How much
time and thought and effort we invest in grandparenting
can eventually produce substantial returns. Maybe we
don't start out thinking about leaving a legacy to these
beautiful little people who bring so much light to our
lives, but as the years go by, we realize that the legacy
that we leave to our grandchildren won't be a bronze
plaque dedicated in our honor. What we leave will be
invisible. It will be a monument of understanding and
integrity and courage and unconditional love inside their
minds and hearts that will stand forever.

"

"Only love can be divided
endlessly and still not be
diminished." Anne Morrow
Lindbergh

"

Most of us are going to be grandparents much longer than we
were mothers or fathers with children in our homes. Hover over
your life as a grandparent for a moment. Look down from above
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Richard and Linda Eyre

like a drone and survey these questions as you see yourself with
your grandchildren:
* How do I maximize my time with my grandchildren?
* Do I know what they love? Do they know what I love?
* Am I teaching them about our family narrative-stories of
their ancestors and where they came from?
* Do I spend quality time with each of them or send messages of support and love if they live far away?
* When they are in our home, am I asking them questions

"

We are wiser and even though
we're a bit "wrinkled up" we
can make a difference and we
can shine in the lives of our
grandchildren!

"

If we have several grandchildren, does each one dilute our
love? Anne Morrow Lindbergh was so right when she said, "Only
love can be divided endlessly and still not be diminished." Nothing
is more exciting than welcoming each new little soul to our growing family!
The learning curve for leaving a legacy as grandparents is
slow and thoughtful, unlike the heat of the refiners' fire that we
felt as young parents. We are wiser and even though we're a bit

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