My dad told me after we visited he was cleaning the little handprints off the bottom of the mirror in their bedroom and my mom told him, "Don't you dare clean my grandkids' handprints off that!" Then when we came to visit the next time, as I walked up to the front door I noticed a chalk handprint one of the kids had made on the front of the house when we had played with chalk during our last visit. It was very carefully left right where it was as a reminder of her grandchildren and it warmed my heart. How she is as a grandparent is very different than how she was as a parent as it very well should be. You can't indulge your children like you can your grandchildren or they will grow up to be very spoiled. But I think grandparents play such an important role in a child's life because they are those special people who not only love you no matter what (just like your parents) but also let you do pretty much anything. I've had this post running around in my head for a while but I knew I couldn't really get my thoughts out into words the way I wanted. I just figured it was worth at least trying.
|Carter's handprint that has still not been washed away.|