GRAND Magazine - Spring 2022 - 16

grandparent bragging zone
Two years old and
already teaching
her grandparents
BY DARLENE EDWARDS
"
M
y husband and I are the proud parents of
two amazing adult daughters and a wonderful
son-in-law. In addition, not long ago, we
became brand new grandparents to a beautiful and
spunky two-year-old granddaughter - our one and
only grandchild at this point. Now, I recognize there is a
lot of grandparent wisdom out there and folks who have many more
grandchildren than we do. I know there is so much we want to share
with her; however, what is interesting is there is so much she is teaching
us!. Hence, I want to share some of those experiences.
Adding laughter to each day is often overlooked
in adulthood, but our granddaughter consistently
reminds us of the innocence and joy of laughter
and just how good it makes us feel.
16 GRAND Winter 2022
The first is the belly laugh. You recognize that sound. When
a child is just so overjoyed with whatever is happening, they
laugh straight from their tummy and just cackle. Literally, it
travels throughout the room and makes everyone else laugh
and the adults will try to continue the laughter by making
funny faces or sounds. The benefits of laughter are well
documented in many medical journals ranging from
pain relief to enhancing stress relief. A good belly laugh
has also shown benefits in exercising the internal organs.
Adding laughter to each day is often overlooked in adulthood,
but our granddaughter consistently reminds us of
the innocence and joy of laughter and just how good it
makes us feel.
"
"
Grandchildren are loving reminders
of what we are here for.
"
Everything is new and wondrous eyes and the look
she gives when she finds something new leave us with
an incredible feeling. It could be a new puppy or just a
dried-up yet colorful leaf; both are exciting and wonderful
in her eyes. Seeing the world for the first time, she is
curious and focused on every little detail when she witnesses
new things. What if adults looked at life in the same
way? What if we looked up when we walked or listened
for sounds that break all around us that we often overlook?
Through her fresh, sparkling eyes our granddaughter
teaches her grandparents that every day can be new, interesting,
and exciting.
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