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Talking It Over -- Cherish being grandma

For the last few days I have been taking care of my grandchildren. I watched my granddaughter all day Wednesday, and that evening met my son and his wife to pick up our grandson for a few days. I went from playing dolls and with dishes one day to baseball and football the next. It has been a busy and fun time.

During the four days that my grandson has been at our home, we have had occasion to get them both together. This has started to become an interesting dilemma since my 19-month-old granddaughter, who we see several times a week, is not too happy to share her grandparents. However, she does love to see her cousin and especially check out his interesting toys, much to his dislike.

With both kids, I have had a few opportunities to just sit with them on my lap and read a book, watch cartoons or just cuddle after a nap or a good night's sleep. Those are my favorite times and well worth any sore muscles, messy rooms or lack of sleep.

I keep reminding myself how precious those moments are. Our grandson is five now and in pre-school so it is already getting difficult to have him spend more than a few days with us. Once he starts school and becomes involved in sports or other activities those days will be even fewer.

I am cherishing these times, no matter how tired I get. They grow up very fast and it is so important to create those wonderful memories at each opportunity. I love the following quote by an unknown author and try to remember it each time I am with my children and grandchildren.

A hundred years from now

it will not matter what your bank account was,

the sort of house you lived in,

or the kind of clothes you wore,

but the world may be much different

because you were important in the life of a child.