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Special Grandma Moments to Capture and Relive

Grandparent, added to MsDora's profile of teacher and counselor after she became a senior citizen, gives her a new interest to explore.

Having spent six months with my grandchildren I was ready to head home, I thought, to my freedom and solitude. After six days away from them, I was ready to return to my grandmother’s responsibilities and the crazy sounds of battery-operated toys.

A Grandma-Grandkids Moment

A Grandma-Grandkids Moment

Since such a quick revisit is not feasible, the next best thing is to relive some of the special moments we shared.

Grandparents have many opportunities to capture memorable moments if we will pay attention and take time to savor—with all our senses— the joy of interaction with our grandchildren.

Chances are that every grandmother has memories to share under each of the following six subheadings. If not, the challenge is to capture some as soon as possible. The little ones grow up really fast.

1. Déjà Vu

A newborn grandson who was the spitting image of my newborn son, his father, was a beauty to behold. Déjà vu was the easiest way to express the love and warmth kindling inside me, at the sight of the familiar image. Déjà vu is still the easiest way to express my blended emotion of pride, excitement and fear as I watch the four year-old attempt similar feats that his father performed.

The beaten path is never attractive enough when we walk. One day, the adjacent slope seemed more adventurous, and it pleased him to look down on me, instead of look up to me as he walked. Watching him spread his arms out as if to fly, my heart took off on the same roller-coaster that it rode when his father was a four-year old. In response to my call for this little boy to come down, he kept his arms spread open and walked steadily backward down the hill.

Has any other grandmother been there where she wants to applaud, but not encourage a repeat? Déjà vu for me too!

Hair Like Moana's

Hair Like Moana's

2. Girl Pride

My grandson will always be special, being the one who first made me become a grandmother; but not more special than my granddaughter who has given me the chance to dress up another little girl in frills and sashes, and fix her hair with braids and bows. Part of the pleasure comes with watching this little girl respond to the fashion routines which accentuate her femininity—and mine. She is learning the value of attractiveness.

Her favorite movie is Moana in which the leading character (named Moana) inspires little girls with her spirit of adventure and determination. She pays attention to the songs and the characters, including a grandmother, but Moana’s gorgeous hair has not escaped her notice. She sees similar beauty in her own.

What an opportunity it was to share her favorite movie and help her understand that Moana's passion and persistence are as beautiful as her hair!

3. Love Lines

In my effort to make sure that they understood I would be gone for a long time, I pointed to my bags sitting in the middle of the room. “See, I’ve packed everything to take with me to my house.”

“I know,” the four year old moaned, “but don’t stay too long.” No lover’s voice could have made those words pull any harder at my heartstrings.

If that were not enough, about two weeks after I left, he began our Skype session with, “Grandma, I’m ready for you to come back.”

Love lines like these are God’s reminders that as spouses, siblings, other relatives and friends move on, He reinforces the dwindling sources of love and acceptance with sweet, fresh love from the grandchildren.

Few of the trains mentioned in his prayers

Few of the trains mentioned in his prayers

4. Prayers

Prayers can be interesting when children first learn to pray. They thank God for family members mentioning every name they remember. Then they thank Him for all the dolls and trains, also naming each one. My grandchildren have what seems like a hundred names to call, so it helps to get comfortable in my prayer posture.

My most memorable prayer time with each of them, however, is the same memory of teaching him and her to pray grace before meals. Children sometimes remember what they are being taught even when the teacher forgets. So when I began to feed my granddaughter before we prayed, she promptly clasped her hands and put them on the tray on her high chair, and waited. With a smile that stretched deep from my lips to my heart, I recalled that two years earlier, her brother had given me the same cue.

5. Songs

Both my grandson and granddaughter have beautiful singing voices. My sympathy to other grandmothers who, for any reason, will not say the same about theirs!

My grandchildren can perform many of the songs from the Disney movies they watch, complete lyrics and actions to boot. They also sing Sunday School songs and I love to listen whatever they sing; but I also have my personal list of old church choruses which, in my opinion, should be on their list too. The three of us, sitting on my bed, had regular sing-a-long sessions.

Imagine the thrill I felt when I walked in on my two-year old granddaughter playing alone and singing one of my favorite songs. It is more than the fact that she sang it; it is that from her repertoire, she chose to sing a song I taught her. There's purpose to my life, after all.

6. Observation

Where are the parents when I’m capturing these precious moments with their children? They’re off somewhere working on projects which they find easier to do when I’m around.

The children form their own opinions of what the adults do; and I still remember the night when my grandson declared his findings with knowledgeable authority.

“Daddy takes pictures.”
“Mommy makes cakes”.
“Grandma reads.”

What a lovely poetic description of an almost perfect world!

© 2017 Dora Weithers

Comments

Ann Carr from SW England on March 25, 2018:

Thank you, Dora, for your kind thoughts.

Ann

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 25, 2018:

Congratulations, Ann. Life has given you another treat. Hope all goes well and may you and the entire family continue to enjoy the love and blessing of additional members!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 25, 2018:

Manatita, thanks for making me smile. You've been blessed with a happy childhood.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 24, 2018:

I have just re-read this hub, Dora, and find it as poignant as before. Thinking that both my daughters had given me 5 grandchildren between them and that that was the lot, I found out yesterday that number 6 is on 'its' way! What joy I felt! There is nothing like holding a newborn in your arms and wondering what life will have to offer that precious bundle. This baby will be my younger daughter's 4th; how wonderful life is! Such a mixture of excitement and apprehension as I'm sure you understand.

I hope this finds you well.

Ann

manatita44 from london on March 24, 2018:

You have not done a dialogue like Eric, but this is also another beautiful way. Charming as kids can be and the boy has a full head of hair like my son did. Still does, I believe. A Rasta orientated one.

The woman up top looks as cute as the two kids. My grandparents were a blessing! Old Montague was quiet strict but sweet Ruby was the opposite and so they blended well. I slept with them until about five, I think. Loving Hub.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 05, 2017:

Jo, thanks for sharing. I can relate to that short-lived desire for peace. Happy for your family that you have the privilege of enjoying the grandchildren. They're our greatest treasure!

Jo Miller from Tennessee on September 05, 2017:

Our grandchildren often come to visit us for an extended stay. There are times when they are here that we long for a little peace and quiet, but when they leave the house seems so quiet and lonely.

We have four granddaughters and they are truly the joy of our lives.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 08, 2017:

Ann, living close to the grandchildren is a blessing! I agree that they make us see life through new lenses. Let's enjoy them all we can.

Ann Carr from SW England on August 08, 2017:

I'm lucky to live close to my grandchildren and I understand completely all those things above! I have 5, 3 girls and 2 boys, who range from 16 to 2. They are all delightful.

The best thing about them is that they make me see the world anew and that way they keep me young.

Great hub, Dora!

Ann

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 29, 2017:

Denise, I rejoice with you over the good times you spent with your grandchildren. Start looking forward to the next visit. Thank you for sharing.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on July 29, 2017:

We returned recently from a week long family reunion with our children and grandchildren. I relate to many of the things said here. It was hard to leave them behind and come home, knowing that each time I see them, they will pull on a different part of my heart strings!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 26, 2017:

Alicia, I think that I will work at an article with the title you suggest: the joys that being a grandmother can bring. Thanks for your kindness.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 25, 2017:

This is a lovely description of the joys that being a grandmother can bring. Your article is beautiful, Dora. It's full of love.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 23, 2017:

Kyriaki, I like the fact that you think well of your grandmothers even though you never met them. It means that you will carry over those positive images to your role of grandparent if you ever become one. God bless you, my dear!

Kyriaki Chatzi on July 23, 2017:

If only I had a grandmother like you around as I was growing up, Ms. Dora!

God decided to take them away from us pretty early. So, I have no memory of neither the one or the other.

However, as I was reading your heartfelt article, I couldn't help but hope that they would have the exact same thoughts and worries for me as a grandchild.

Thank you for bringing them back to my thoughts, Ms Dora!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 23, 2017:

McKenna, in my humble opinion, I was blessed with two saints for grandmothers, so I'm only attempting to give what I received. I became a grandmother in my mid-sixties and I share your noble goal of staying fit for the grandchildren. By God's grace, you will break they cycle and enjoy mutual pleasure with your grandchildren.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 23, 2017:

Congratulations on your teenage preacher grandson! What a thrill that must be to you and your family! Thanks for your kind words and for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 23, 2017:

God bless you too, Lori. Taking teenage grandsons to church is no small achievement; some other grandmothers may want to learn from you how you do it. Enjoy the ones you see as best you can, and trust God to make a way for you to take more trips to see the others. See what I mean about the great feeling you experience when you miss each other? Thank you for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 23, 2017:

Thanks, Martie. I'm sure that everyone agrees with you that there is "Nothing more enjoyable than a hug from a grandchild." Each of those hugs is a blessing!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 23, 2017:

Gina, I look forward to reading your article. So glad that you are enjoying your granddaughter. Thanks for sharing.

McKenna Meyers on July 23, 2017:

As a follower of your articles, I'm not surprised at all what a wonderful grandmother you are, Dora. Your grandkids are so lucky to have you in their lives. I didn't have involved grandparents and neither do my sons. But, when it's my turn, I'm breaking that cycle and I'm going to savor every minute of it. I might have to wait many years (maybe, decades) so I'm highly motivated to stay fit and healthy so I can be a good grandma in my 70s and 80s! Thanks for inspiring.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 23, 2017:

You have beautiful and apparently very talented grandchildren, Dora.

I will never forget my first grandchild and only one for many years. Nothing like it. All the fun without the pressure!

I have a 17 year old grandson now, teaching the gospel and headed for Peru to teach there. I can't say how proud I am of him!

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on July 23, 2017:

I am of the same opinion as Sally - this is my favorite of your writings. Being a grandmother to my twelve grandchildren is my greatest thrill. Unfortunately, only two live in my state and there are a few that don't know me because I only got to see them as babies. This breaks my heart no end. The older ones, from teens to adulthood stay in touch and our relationships are sweet. My two grandsons that live in my neck of the woods are 16 and 15 and love for me to take them to church and on the occasional outings. I recently took a trip to California and got to see my four grandsons from my middle child. Ages 18 months to 10. I had a wonderful time teaching them games, reading to them and just doing whatever the moment offered. A day or two after I got home they called me because they missed me. I was so touched.

You sound like a wonderful grandmother and the photos that capture special moments were touching. Your son is a good photographer. Your little ones are little darlin's. God bless you Dora.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on July 23, 2017:

I believe grandchildren are rewards. I love watching mine growing into young adults. Nothing more enjoyable than a hug from a grandchild. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Ms Dora. Your grandchildren are beautiful.

Gina Welds Hulse from Rockledge, Florida on July 23, 2017:

I remember when my first-born son told me that I was to be a grandmother. The circumstances were not the greatest, and I "preached" about it for months, but when my granddaughter was born, there were no words, so I just cried. Since her birth I have had the privilege to be her caretaker for days on end. I recently had her with me for a week (she lives close-by), and thoroughly enjoy every moment spent with her. I take so many pictures to capture those memories, I think I have several thousand pics already....and she is only a year old.

Thanks for sharing, Ms. Dora. I have been working on a hub entitled "Letter to my Granddaughter" and think I'll try to finish it this week.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 23, 2017:

Thanks, Bill. It is a pleasure to be with them and a pleasure to be without them. You're right. The option is the perfect gift for grandparents.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 23, 2017:

Eric, absolute truth! "Love in all it's forms is such a gift." Perhaps your little one is a two-in-one gift. That means double love. Thanks for your contribution.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 23, 2017:

Sally, thanks for your kind approval on this article. Hope I can do many repeats, as I intend to write more on the topic of grand-parenting. You encourage me.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 23, 2017:

Flourish, thanks for your kind remarks and for sharing your determination to have your granddaughter live near her grandparents. That's such a wise move and so much better than your own situation! Best to your family moving forward. No worries about the poll; please steady yourself after such an early rising. My son, the grandchildren's dad is the expert photographer.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 23, 2017:

It is lovely having grandchildren; it is also lovely being able to go home without the grandchildren. LOL That may be the greatest advantage to being a grandparent. :) Of course I loved this.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 23, 2017:

Dora I just loved this piece. I have the longing for grandchildren but God has not deemed it so. But He did send me my little one who is the age a grandson would be. Love in all it's forms is such a gift.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on July 23, 2017:

MsDora I select this writing of yours as being one of my favourites to date. It touches my heart in a way which no other has and I especially love this line 'My grandchildren have what seems like a hundred names to call, so it helps to get comfortable in my prayer posture'.

Your grandchildren are very lucky as are we to have your wisdom and grace share these pages. I love the photos too. Thank you.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 23, 2017:

Oh, Dora, I selected the wrong option in the poll above and cannot change it. Cats got me up at 4 a.m. and well ... sorry!

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 23, 2017:

You sound like the perfect grandmother, MsDora. How wonderful that you were able to spend such an extended time with your darling family. And someone in your family is an amazing photographer! After having my daughter, my husband and I moved heaven and earth to move back home several states away so that she would grow up knowing her grandparents. I grew up visiting my maternal grandparents once a year, and my paternal grandparents were gone. We live a mile away, seven miles from her greatgrandmother.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 22, 2017:

The poll statistics are provided by the American Grandparents Association (Copyrighted 2007 t0 2017 by Grandparents.com Inc.)

(1) 72% think being a grandparent is the single most important and satisfying thing in their life.

(2) 60% live close to their grandchildren.

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