Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bigger Picture Moments: Golden

When I was younger my grandma shared with me that it wasn't easy being the oldest generation.

Because, she'd said, who do you call when you need a little wisdom, a little more life experience than what's spread out across your own table?

Honestly, I didn't know what to think of that then, but now I'm starting to understand what I'm sure is just bits and pieces of what she meant.

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Photo courtesy of my sister, Jill
I understand it slightly more every time I watch my little boys all but fling their bodies into still-strong arms that held their own babies and their babies' babies and now the babies of those babies.

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It becomes clearer to me now on those days I pick up the phone to dial my mom or grandma or mother in law and upon hearing their inviting greeting I sloppily wring out the dirty water of a messy day's events only for them to offer soft, dry towels of compassion and perspective.

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I get it more and more as I watch my father in law pour into his grandsons in only the way a grandfather can, my husband standing close by, almost taking mental notes on how to father from the man who helped raise him into the good man he's become.

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It surfaces when I catch the gaze of eyes that have seen so much linger long on our two giggling boys, as if they were the most interesting, lovely sights ever to be seen.

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Photo courtesy of Erica Lynn Photography
These generations, they weave together

tightly tangled and connected.

And each year I celebrate another birthday

I seem to take another step back from the brightest, most intricate of tapestries,

breathe in the bigger-picture design of family

and realize that these days of being sandwiched in the middle of it all are absolutely golden.

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4 comments:

  1. You know, the older I get, the more I realize what a blessing this is. My kids still have all four grandparents...so I've been sandwiched for many years. And it matters. I feel incredibly blessed to have lived my adulthood with both thriving children and thriving parents!

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  2. I love this because I come from a young family (my grandma just turned 70), and I am the oldest of the cousins so the great-grandchildren are just beginning to enter the picture. I spent 30 years at the "kids' table" and to no longer be among the youngest generation in my family was a bittersweet transition. But you're right, these are golden times, and my kids are going to be so blessed to have memories with their great-grandparents.

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  3. You have hit the nail on the head. My mom was the last of our parents/in-laws to die. Once she was gone I felt this awesome weight. Suddenly, my husband and I became the elders for our family. We are supposed to be the sages, the ones with well considered wisdom. Oh, my gosh! I remember telling my husband that I feared I was not up to the task because what was truly in my heart was such feeling of loss and a sense of having been orphaned. I don't think he ever really did get what I was feeling, but I think you would have! Thanks for putting it into words so beautifully.

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  4. My parents are still pretty young - in their 60's - I had to let go of my last grandparent last year. Hard to do. love your words - golden - so true!

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