I called her Wawa. It was because I couldn’t pronounce Lola which is Filipino for Grandmother. Since I was the eldest grandchild, it stuck – the rest of my siblings and my cousins called her that too. I grew up with her. I have many happy memories of my grandmother.
I feel bad for my kids because between my husband and I , we are motherless. Our kids, thus, grandmother-less. Our mothers passed way before we met. My dad and stepmom, who are in my kids’ lives as grandpa and grandma, live half-way around the world and see the kids only every couple of years. Lucky for my older son, he shared a close bond with my father-in-law, Pop-pop, before he passed away three years ago.
Having grandparents in our lives enriches us with their wisdom, their experiences, their love. I think everyone should have a grandparent-type-figure.
If you’re wondering why I’m waxing sentimental about grandparents it’s because – last Sunday was grandparents day. I recently read a book called Grandloving that I received from the publishers.
The book “Grandloving: Making Memories with Your Grandchildren” is kind of a how-to book for grandparents – whether seasoned or newbies, told in refreshing casual tone. The authors, Sue Johnson, Julie Carlson and Beth Bower (who are by the way, a mother/daughter-in-law/daughter team) offer creative ideas for connecting with grandchildren. There are some really neat games and activities in the book, that anyone caring for children or even babysitting would enjoy.
**Win a copy of Grandloving by sharing with us a favorite memory you have of your grandparents. Leave a comment then email me your contact info — a winner will be chosen at random.