A child needs a grandparent, anybody’s grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world. ~
Charles and Ann Morse
It’s been a busy winter in which we have been home hopping, going from one set of grandparents house to the next. Both homes are different and vary slightly from food spices to bedtimes, but the one thing that is the same is that both sets of grandparents, and an extra-loving great grandmother, love their (great) granddaughters. Z &A’s great grandmother told me that if a child feels that love, then the child will be happy. Such a simple piece of advice, but so true.
Back home, it is normal to rush from one thing to another, from morning waking up, grabbing breakfast, rushing out the door for school, eating a quick meal, rushing again. But amidst all this rushing, if one steps back and takes it all in, life can be enjoyed properly and humor can be seen. I remember today telling Z and A to go down the stairs, it’s time for school!, and giggling inside when I saw baby A bewilderingly toddle over to the baby gate, to look up at me, as if saying, it’s your turn to open the gate so we can go, come on now!
Below is a variety of photos taken from my home and from one set of grandparents home in West Virgina. I didn’t get to take photos at my parents home, but a few from an old post are here. There is nothing like being back in your own home, but to visit the home that you lived in for many years and to stay there for a few days is another experience in itself, especially when you get to sleep in while babies are watched by a loving grandmother. Yes, if a child feels that love, then the child will be happy, as will the mother who gets to sleep in!
so under my sofa needs a cleaning, but so much easier to snap a photo of it than clean it!
how I love this book.
And an ayah from the Quran that I like about mothers and children:
“So did We restore him (Moses) to his mother, that she might be delighted, and that she might not grieve, and that she might know that the Promise of God is true. But most of them know not” (Quran 28:13).