I have just had a wonderful weekend! I have shared a celebration of our youngest grandchildren’s birthday – our twins are 2!! I cant believe the time has gone so fast and they are simply gorgeous!!!
Let me tell you about the twins and what their birth meant for me, their Nanny …..
Their birth provided us with a unique opportunity as grandparents – we moved in with our daughter, husband and 2 little girls 1 and 3 and spent the next 8 months with them most every day – and loved it!!
I hear people say how incredible we were to ‘give up’ our life for that time to help them out, how amazing it was that they could stand having us around for sooo long etc etc They have no idea! Not once was there any sign of anger or disharmony between us and Yes- I am very proud of that fact!
I have wondered what it is about our relationship that is ‘special’ and I believe it comes down to three vital things LOVE, TRUST and RESPECT.
We moved in to their family – we respected their family unit, their family routine and their family discipline and we loved them unconditionally.
They in turn, accepted us into their family, not just as grandparents – they trusted us to take on more of a ‘parenting’ role as complications at birth meant our daughter needed time to regain her health and time to be with the babies – feeding, changing etc but at no time did we usurp her place in her home and at no time did she resent our involvement!
I got to: cuddle my grandchildren every day and have lots of Nanny nurses; witness first hand 3yr old starting ‘Kindy’; be involved in the toilet training of 1yr old, celebrate her second birthday, enjoy walks in the park, play in the playground, swim at Coolum, read bedtime stories and share in their love.
Now, does that sound too good to be true?? Oh did I mention all of the lovely muffins cooked by miss 2 in her kitchen – fresh every day??
Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I have been so truly blessed!
This weekend they chose to come and share with us so that we could be a part of the 2nd birthday celebrations and like I tell my grandchildren “they make my heart sing” – watching the twins look around at us singing Happy Birthday, watching them blow out the candles ,watching them eat their birthday cake, watching their big sisters helping them and their mum and Dad beaming with joy – and watching them all interact with my Mum and Dad . I thought to myself: ” and so it goes on – Love, Trust and Respect!”
Worth thinking about……….
Until next time