Yesterday, I came across an uplifting blog written by a gentleman named Greg Naylor (kingvalley.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/m….) It made me think about how much I miss the counsel and wisdom of my own grandmother and how influential she has been on my life. I know I have mentioned that I spent a great deal of time with her as a child, due to family circumstances and later, my grandparents regularly provided a safe refuge for me when I needed to escape what was going on at home. She taught me many things, including manners, etiquette, how to cook, play golf and even gave me an appreciation of horticulture. My grandparents were very community minded, belonging to several committees and welfare organisations and my grandfather was one of the city’s magistrates. Regularly, he would bring home individuals, down on their luck, who had come before him on the bench, for a hot meal and a change of clothes. That’s the type of people they were, rubbing shoulders with the socially elite one minute and those on skid row the next.
What really stood out to me a s a child, was my grandparents did not factor age into anything they did.Everyone was afforded the same courtesies, the right to be heard and respect(very different from my own home where my father was the king of his castle, you only spoke when spoken to and anyone with an opinion different from his was ordered out of the house).Needless to say, my father regularly clashed with his in laws and this created massive problems for my mother who was an only child!
Nanna and Poppa were big on caravan holidays and I can remember many happy trips away with them. They knew how to have fun, whether it was ski boat racing, fishing or even playing cards at the caravan table after dinner. They never excluded any of us grandchildren from their activities and encouraged us to participate in conversations they would have with their friends and fellow campers. I always felt so loved and secure when I was with them- they actually liked me and listened when I had something to say!
I have digressed from what I was originally going to write, as usual. LOL Grandparents have so much wisdom and experience to pass on to their grandchildren and anyone who has not been fortunate to experience that, has missed out on something wonderful. 🙂