My grandchildren are the smartest, sweetest, best looking kids I know. Yeah, I know all of you grandparents feel the same way about yours. And it's a true statement about them all! Kids these days are just awesome! I love watching how my grand kids grow and develop in character. Each of them have special and unique attributes that just amaze me.
Charity is my 12 year old granddaughter. She is my housekeeping helper. She helps me with dishes, dusting and cleaning the floors. She knows how to shake the rugs and polish the sink. Since I still work full time, Charity makes my life much easier. In return for her cheerful help, I give her an allowance. It's a win-win situation.
But we actually both get much more than the obvious from this arrangement. While Charity gets a little spending money and I get a little more free time, we both get the benefits of spending time together. The laughing, talking and sharing that goes on is priceless! And need I say that this is a learning experience? Charity is gaining valuable experience in how to keep house and grandma is gaining more and more insight into the delightful young lady that Charity is and will become.
In Charity I see a tenderness of heart that is uncommon in most kids her age. She is very sensitive to the feelings of others. And she seems to have understanding that many adults lack in what makes people do the things they do.
When I was growing up, I didn't have a lot interaction with my grandparents. Time constraints and distance prevented it. But as a grandma, I realize that I have a place in the lives of my grand kids and I cherish that place. I hope that I will influence them in a positive way as they are growing up. They are way to precious to be ignored or neglected. They are a gift from God. I love each of them so much!