June 3, 2010

Matriarch

I think one of the greatest parts of having had my son at the relatively young age of 25 is that he has been able to meet his 90 year-old great-grandmother.

I won't bore you with the specifics of how much I love this woman or the role she played in raising me.

Just know that I have 10 (maternal) aunts and uncles.  And well over 30 cousins.  She is a professional at this thing called life.

A few years ago, she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, so her moments of lucidity have become further spaced apart.  Regardless, I asked her for parenting advice, something I could utilize with the lunatic affectionally known as Lil Sippy Cup.  This is what she told me:

"Just love him, that's all.  Remember that you were him and that he'll be you.  Just love him."


Simple.  Direct.  Precise.  Brilliant.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

*sigh* My eyes just filled up, this is ADORABLE!!!!! GREAT JOB, GREAT JOB!!! :)

-Vodka

Claudia said...

OMG..how beautiful! Thanks for sharing that wonderful advice. Such a wise woman.

Griz said...

LOVE this post. so great that he will remember his great grandmother, and have this photo. by the way, i hope u blew it up into a 8x10 frame...

Jannsel said...

"I'm not crying...I've just been cutting onions. I'm making a lasagna"

Nixalis said...

So proud to say that she's our Grandmother.