Friday, December 9, 2022

Gratitude and Grandkids .... by Christine Bush

 Lately, even more than usual, I’m finding myself in a state of gratitude.

So many things to be grateful for!

Today, I’m particularly grateful for my grandchildren.  There are a lot of them.  14 so far.

Here's a few.

Each one is different, an amazing bundle of  interests, talents, and spirit.  Lots of energy.

Conversations with them, and hearing their distinctive approach to life constantly inform me, and affirm that their thoughtful, insightful opinions and ethics will make this world a better place all around.

I love spending time with them.  On a daily basis, their help and assistance sometimes keeps the day running smoothly. I like to say they have superpowers.

Several are computer brains, with an innate gift for understanding technology that keeps things running with their luddite grandmother pushes the wrong key on an app, or forgets a password.

One very tall grandson is known as the “stretchy child” as he can joyfully reach high enough to even changed ceiling light bulbs, and forgotten things in the highest cabinets.

One is called my “Librarian”.  If I’m sitting at my desk when she visits, she automatically straightens the book shelf behind my desk, grinning about bringing order out of chaos.  Chaos? Sometimes yes!

One toddler is called my “Bendy Child”.  He loves to burrow under the table or couch to retrieve the pen or TV remote I’ve dropped.  Out of reach for arthritic grandmother, but a happy challenge for the “Bendy Child.”

Then there’s the “Coffee Barista”, who appears at the door after school to make a cup of coffee in the Keurig for me, along with a cup of hot cocoa for her.  Then we get to sit and chat about the days happenings.


On many days, I get to hear their practice speeches for school, discuss the books for their book reports, hem skirts and pants and replace buttons as needed.  I get to hear about their social dilemmas, help to pick prom dresses, and help them learn Christmas carols.  I get to cheer for them in their varied sports and activities (running, rowing, basketball, hockey, soccer, band and choir). OK, I get to brag.

The list goes on.  Sometimes life is hard, with aging and health issues and big world problems.  But when I practice gratitude, the problems are all manageable.  Watching my grandkids grow, and being a part of their lives makes mine richer and happier.  And I am very grateful for them.

How about you?  What are you grateful for? I’d love to hear!


Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!

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