Grandfamilies: Sideways–Six Things You Can Do When Trouble Comes

Cadence and Lala. February 2014. If you know someone whom trouble has never visited, well, you don’t know that person as well as you think you do. Rotten stuff happens. It rolls right in along an astounding array of avenues, squats down in the middle of our routines, cracks itself open like an old egg, and raises […]

Grandparenting: The Fury Lesson

Elaine and Her Grandfather. January, 2011. I grew up in a home that oozed love. I am pretty sure that if you drove past our house, you could smell affection’s sweet aroma from the street. My parents encouraged, guided, and cared for us: You want to play softball? I’ll coach the team. You have a sore throat? Let me make you some […]

Grandparenting: When It’s Hard to Honor Your Father and Mother

My Mother-In-Law Beth Meeting My Grandson, Sawyer, Age Ten Weeks. January, 2011. It happened one Christmas. My daughter Elaine, who was eight or nine, and I were among the guests at my grandfather’s house. We lingered at the table, deconstructing the endless ephemera that, in my family, goes with coffee. We were a congenial group of […]

Sheer Joy

Daphne Kate, On Her Second Birthday. She’s One of Nine We are blessed with nine grandlittles, so far, and each of them brings joy to grown-up hearts overshadowed with burdens. On Daphne’s birthday, it is a special treat to gaze upon that hopeful, trusting face. Children’s children are a crown to the aged,    and parents are the pride […]

Weekend Reflection: Crowned

Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers. Proverbs 17:6 (NASB) It’s the weekend. Around here we remove our shoes and tour the stillness. Start with Still Saturday, which the amazing Patricia Hunter is hosting in October over at Pollywog Creek.  You’ll join us, yes? We’ve saved you a place.