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“Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow” – NOT!

Loving grandchildren is like loving God. There is no peace, joy or happiness without them in your life and every fiber of your being craves to be close to them. Everyone says that no one can understand the love that a  grandparent has for their grandchildren until they ARE one. I think it’s because loving grandchildren is a manifestation of God’s love in its purest form. We all have heard that we need to love as God loves. Once you are a grandparent, you truly understand what that means. Cliff L. used to say just two words to me as he passed me in the hall at church: “Grandchild worship.” He said this because he saw my attachment to Isaac as being obsessive, almost worshipful. It’s not about loving them more than you love God, it’s about loving them more because of God. His love is a gift to be used.

Grandchildren love you because of who you are – you are their Grammie – pure and simple. Grandparents feel this pure, unconditional love and it’s like being loved by God Himself. It’s easy to give your devotion to someone who loves that simply. We’ve all had people who we know love us because of what we do for them or at least they pretend to love us because of what they think they can get from us. We are special to them because we are useful to them. They will argue that they love us, but really it’s only a love for themselves. Grandchildren aren’t like that, they just love you – period.

So, to part with my Isaac and Hudson is like parting with the everpresent love of God. Parting is not “such sweet sorrow” – it’s just sorrow.

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One Response

  1. Val, You called it just right. What a joy to be a grandparent. Thankfully I haven’t had to say goodbye to mine.

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