Family has handed me a fistful of mysteries. Grandma’s anger at her sister-in-law went unexplained.
Curiosity made me wonder why Aunt Jane refused marriage proposals from three men. In time she became comfortable with her singleness. How did she know marriage would be a mistake for her?
Learning has no age barrier, the longer I live the more I learn. Soon I expect to know everything.
Too Late Now
A neighber insisted her children spend equal time between the TV and reading. Likewise, learning a musical instrument to listening to the latest rock songs. Why didn’t I think of that in my child-raising years?
I wish I had seized the opportunity to teach my granddaughters to sew when they lived nearby. Regardless of my busyness, I realized too late that children don’t stay little.
How Can This Be?
Is this (practically) an instant replay? I was dragged into grandparenthood before my time. Now great-grandparenthood too. How can this be? My daughter a grandmother at thirty-eight years of age. Is she old enough to qualify for this? Doesn’t anyone get married and have children after the wedding?
I have made too many blunders to point fingers at anyone.
My circle of family and friends have taught me much, but I am a slow learner. Patience was won by raising forgetful, rebellious, talkative children. The bloodline has become my launching pad. Kin has been a priceless experience bringing me where I am today.
Tolerance came when I realized others with a different background than my own; their words and actions made sense…if only to themselves.
I’ve found forgiveness is best learned on the receiving end. Then pay it forward to another undeserving soul.
God is patient with me. Past events have shown I’m no longer the person I used to be. That’s a good thing,
Friendships can move on, but family should never be cast away. There is too much to be learned from them. I wonder what my family has learned from me.
I may not want to know.