Aging and Grandchildren

My Grandma and Me

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged.

My Grandmas had a total of 41 grandchildren. They started young and by the time I came, they already looked old. I made my Mom, a grandma at the age of 43. When I passed that age, it wasn't a big deal for me - I still had kids in school and certainly wasn't thinking of grandchildren.

It's a given - if you are a senior, you must be a Grandma. Practically everyone I know, have grandchildren, they flaunt. To be honest, it would be nice - but it may not happen and you know what? I will live!

I had my children young - starting at 23. I remember, some of my friends, who had infertility problems and it must of been horrible for them, always attending baby showers, and looking at Mommies Brag Book. (Before Facebook) I still feel for them, on Mothers Day.

So, now it is similar for me.

My first born son, passed away at age 25 - unmarried - no children. My middle son, mid-thirties is a happy single. He enjoys adventure - backpacking, mountain climbing, hiking - so unless a woman, accept and enjoy this lifestyle - I don't see it happening anytime soon. He teases me, that if I REALLY want a grandchild, he could arrange it, but I don't want them THAT much. The youngest, in his early thirties, served in the military and now has a steady girlfriend. I guess there is some hope, but I won't hold my breath. I always tell them, I will probably be too old, to be any help. It is looking more and more like that.

HOWEVER - I can say, I am blessed to be an Aunt. I have 3 nieces and 1 nephew. I have 6 great-nieces and 3 great-nephews and I am the Great Great aunt to 2 nieces and 1 nephew.

Happy is the Auntie that has her quiver full of nieces and nephews

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:5

*quiver meaning: the sheath for arrows

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