This past February marked 40 years since my father passed away. At the time of his death, he was a grandfather of six. I wish he knew that all these years later, his grandchildren (2 of whom are grandparents, themselves) would hold vivid and treasured memories of him close to their hearts. Through his words and actions, he set a standard that they’ve tried to emulate in key areas of their lives. Probably that was his hope; he made all the small moments with each of them count.
Grandchildren watch and learn. How you spend your time reflects to them what you value the most. When you give your grandchildren your uninterrupted time to read aloud, to help them choose books or to discuss what you’ve read, the message they hear is clear: I value you; I value our relationship; I value reading.
Grandfathers are not making their presence felt in the blogging world that I can tell. Where is The Papa Brotherhood or Grandpa’s Briefs? Certainly, many grandfathers love to tell stories and read to their precious grandchildren. What they might not like to do is document it—to write about it and take photographs. Does this matter? Well, one of the benefits of writing a blog (or a journal) is that you are preserving your thoughts for your grandchildren.
I’ve come across a lovely way for a grandfather (or father) to sit down, collect his thoughts and express himself to his grandchild on the topic of literacy and learning. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is sponsoring a letter-writing contest for fathers and grandfathers. You are invited to write from the heart, the head or the funny bone. Even if yours is not one of the winning entries, you can’t lose. The deadline is May 30. Good Luck!