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I am often amazed when I think about my great grandmother. She will be 91 soon, and obviously that’s amazing. And she’s a healthy 91. She has a great memory, she knows exactly who everyone is, and she can tell you about her childhood as well as the latest news if she needs to. She’s doing good. She’s a sure example that whatever they did when she was younger worked, seeing as the newer generations aren’t living that long, but generational differences I will save for another day.
One of the things that most impresses me about my great grandmother’s life is that she has lived through so much history. She’s seen women have more rights. She’s seen the first biracial president. She’s seen a woman run for president. She’s even seen her great great grandson and how much personality he has at only two years of age.
History. She’s lived it in almost every since that we tend to think of the word. And it’s so interesting to think that there were probably days that she had to give up her bus seat, and now she has a bus that comes to her house and picks her up. I can’t even imagine what it feels like to live the reality that you had always hoped and prayed.
And maybe she didn’t pray for it for herself, but for her children or her grandchildren. It must feel pretty good to not only see them live out that reality, but live it out right there with them. And that, I must say, is pretty cool.
Where’s my daddy?
That’s my 2 year old nephew’s only concern. When his dad comes around his only care in the world is being where daddy is. It really doesn’t matter that usually it’s about being wherever someone who has food or candy is. When Daddy is home, it’s only about him. Where is my Daddy? Where is my Daddy?
Am I ever like that?
When I wake up in the morning is the first thought that comes to mind about being with my Heavenly Father? When I’m home am I adamant on being where God is? When I’m “away’ from Him do I long to be with Him?
Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m like that. I want to be, but I don’t think I am. Because even when I have my alone time with God, it’s so easy to think about what I need to do next. It’s so easy to start thinking about what’s on my to-do list. And it’s easy to put that alone time on a to-do list, when it’s not a “to-do” but a priority of life.
I want to be where Daddy is. And not because I’m supposed to want to be there, but because I really want to be there. Because I know I need to be there. Because I know He wants me there.
In Matthew 18:3 the Bible tells us to be like children. And after watching my nephew, I think I finally know why…
Matthew 18:3 (NIV) And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Do we take for granted the things we used to be taught in our youth?
Talking with teenagers today, I’ve come to the realization that what we used to know is what they are still learning. What I mean by that is that what I knew at 13 or 14 is not what they now know at that age. And the older we get, the more we realize that we didn’t really know anything at that age either.
Even if I hadn’t been taught something, there was some interest to learn it. There was a different zeal in people when I was younger. Children either wanted to learn or appreciated the fact that someone had to teach it regardless of whether they cared or not. There was still some respect for education.
I can’t say that’s true today, which is a pretty drastic change that has occurred in such a small maount of time. There has been quite the decline in interest when it comes to knowledge and obtaining more, which is scary to me.
Fearfully, I now have to ask, if so many teens today care so little now, what will they care even less about later?
It’s humorous and sad to me that people don’t know what really makes a mother. Because you had a baby doesn’t make you a mother anymore than it makes a man father. You had a baby and if you’re not taking care of it you’re a momma at best.
I know people who are real mothers. They give up their time, their money, and their life to make sure the little ones in their life have every need met. That’s a mother. These people did not have their own children, but they have been a part of these kids’ lives from day one. And they wouldn’t have it any other way.
I understand there is nothing like having your own child. I get that. But I definitely don’t think that people who did not birth their own children should feel as if they aren’t mothers. When you make the same, if not more sacrifices that these mothers do, when you give the same amount of time, if not more than these mothers, and when you would do anything for these kids all weighs more than biology.
Don’t feel like you have no right to celebrate Mother’s Day just because biology says otherwise. A woman who sacrifices for the well-being of a child is a mother to me. A woman who says no to her wants to meet the needs of a child is embracing motherhood. And a woman who consistently gives up her nonrefundable, priceless, precious time to be there for a child, no matter what, is a mother.
We should all be so thankful that motherhood isn’t limited to birthing rights.
Hearing stories from my great grandmother is pretty amazing. I asked her what was the most amazing thing she’s ever experienced in her lifetime, and she said I experienced a lot. Of course that isn’t the best answer because I want to know specifics, but eventually she said being able to see her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchild.
She’s going to be 90 next year. And that’s amazing to me that I come from a family that appreciates family so much. She’s seen the first African-American president, she’s lived through wars, she’s lived through segregation and desegregation, as well as women’s suffrage.
To know that being able to see me is at the top of her list is truly amazing to me.
Her stories speak volumes to how far we’ve come as a people and how much communities have changed as well. She was telling me about how she used to go to a store and put things on credit. Nowadays a credit card is as close as you’ll come to that. It’s amazing that we don’t have that trust in the community anymore to charge it to your account with them. Today, if you don’t have it all, you don’t get it at all.
Another part of the story was that the store owner was a part of the KKK and he used to have meetings across the road from his store. I’m proud to see that we have come to a point where we aren’t forced to give our business to people who hate us for no reason, and that we have options today to shop where we want, sit where we want, and eat where we want.
Times have changed a lot. In my own lifetime I have been amazed by some of the things I have witnessed. But I think yesterday I witnessed something just as amazing as all that other stuff when I spoke with grandmother. I was proud. I am so honored that of all the things my great grandmother has seen and witnessed, of all the stories she could share, of all the things she has seen people overcome, at the top of the list I stand. That’s pretty awesome.