Day 159: Grandparenting with Grace

12 Sep

Yesterday I saw a friend and her husband when I was out and I noticed that they were taking care of several of their grandchildren – on Grandparent’s Day! It seems to me that they have always taken care of family – for as long as I have known them. And even though their family has been through a lot over the past few years, they seem stronger than ever. I think that they must subscribe to the mantra “What does not kill me, makes me stronger” by Frederich Nietzsche.

How many of us have friends who have had to take on more than their share? I’d wager that there are many of us who can name several friends who have faced difficult times without complaining. And while it might be too much to ask us to share their burden, there might be things that we can do to help ease that burden from time to time.

Think of what you might do to help your friend: bring over a meal, pick up things at the store, share the bounty of your garden. Just taking the time to visit with someone for a few minutes and expressing admiration for what they have done (and continue to do) can work wonders. That sincere gesture can let your friend know that their efforts are recognized and appreciated. It just might give them the boost that they need to keep going.

In the past, I have dropped off “useful” goods for my friend to give to her family. Today I brought something decadent – a still-warm Dutch Apple Pie. I want her and her husband to know that I am proud to know them and that I am here to help if they ever need me.

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2 Responses to “Day 159: Grandparenting with Grace”

  1. Rachel Whitley September 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM #

    Thank You Karen and YES my family and I loved the PIE!! It was soooo yummy and so nice that it was still warm really went well with the vanilla icecream from Costco too : D

    Your comments were also well received.

    Via Con Dios Sister.

    XOX Rachel

  2. Richard Whitley September 13, 2011 at 3:36 PM #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! The pie is delicious and quite a surprise. I hope there’s still a little left when I get home from work today.

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