Have you considered the facts?
- Your uterus is not performing at her peak these days.
- Your doctors draw your blood regularly and order further medical tests.
- Your pillbox has both an AM and PM dispenser.
- You spend your evenings volunteering at church and around town because you have the time.
- The majority of the Christmas gifts you wrap end up under other families’ trees.
- You pull up pictures and videos on your phone of other adults’ children to show at parties.
- You thrill when a small hand makes a sticky print on your clean window or spills apple juice on your polished floor.
- You rejoice when a child asks you to read her the same book five times in a row.
- Children tell you their secrets and ask you to display their colored artwork on your refrigerator.
- Parents generously bring their children over to your house to visit at their best hours and then take them home for their worst hours.
- You travel all across the nation just to sit on a bleacher and watch amateur sports.
- You wash the dishes and wipe down kitchen counters for weary mothers.
- You offer them your shoulder to cry on and hope they will allow you to mother them this late in life.
- You watch parents struggle in raising their children and hold your tongue.
- You pray for all of them day and night.
- You grieve your own empty nest.
Have you considered the fact that you skipped motherhood altogether in this life and jumped straight into the role of grandma?
It’s not what you wanted, I know, but you have to admit: the joys are deep, the work abundant, and the sleep better than most. It is good to be you.
And for this reason, may I wish you the happiest of Grandmother’s Days tomorrow and every day?