“With so many grandchildren (17 of them), ranging in age from less than 1 to nearly 27 years old, I enjoy doing anything and everything with them. Just cuddling the babies and talking to them, having picnics (indoor or outdoor) with the toddlers, taking walks to the park, reading books, and talking to the older ones about things that matter to them. WHAT we do doesn’t matter -– THAT we spend time together does. Sadly, only three of my grandkids live close to me, but with phones and Skype and lots of birthday parties spread out throughout the year, we have plenty of times to connect. What I want for my grandchildren is for them to find their own personal joy in doing whatever brings them fulfillment. I want them to be compassionate and caring (they already are) and to use their various creative gifts to better their own lives and the lives of everyone around them. Above all, I want them to know that they are truly loved AND lovable. My dream was to get all of them together in one place at the same time and, as you can see by the photo included, that’s exactly what happened! My two great-granddaughters celebrated their birthdays and I gathered all of them together with me to take this photo. I feel so blessed to part of all of their lives.”
This story was originally posted on the Huffington Post.