Throwback Thursday: 10 life lessons grandchildren help us remember

Throwback Thursday: 10 life lessons grandchildren help us remember

Dear readers: As my three grandsons from the desert will be visiting PawDad and me (and the rest of our Colorado family) this weekend, I thought it only fitting to share again one of my all-time favorite photo-filled posts featuring Brayden, Camden, and Declan. I hope you enjoy this #TBT feature, which originally published here on Grandma’s Briefs February 10, 2015. Thank you for reading my rerun.

With all that we do for our grandchildren, they do for us so very much more. Things such as reminding us of important lessons we've learned yet often forget to put into practice. Things such as these.

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On firsts and embracing new experiences

My grandsons had "a day of firsts" on Monday, Megan shared on social media that day.

Brayden embarked on his first overnight church camp experience...

boy going to camp

And Declan attended Vacation Bible School for the very first time...

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The Saturday Post: Letter to my grandchildren edition

Though the music in the following video is a wee bit, hmmm, tranquil for my taste, I do agree with nearly every one of the sentiments. Especially the mention of leftover meatloaf sandwiches—something I love but know my grandsons have missed out far.

Today's question:

Which of the wishes did you find especially poignant and which (if any) do you disagree with?

Grilling grandmas and taking notes

I have a small handmade book I keep on my desk. It's a beautiful blank book, made and given to me by a dear friend.* On the pages of the miniature memento I record quotes, thoughts, sayings that speak to my heart. Yesterday, I added a few new ones to it.

The new points to ponder came from this week's Grilled Grandma, Linda. Her responses to my grilling questions included several seemingly simple statements that speak wisely to the ever-complicated role of grandma. That role is made even more challenging for Linda as she's yet another grandparent whose grandchildren live in her home, blurring the line between master of ceremonies, good times and celebrations and "mom."

Linda treads the line lightly and lovingly -- yet effectively -- and I'd venture to say it's because of ideas and adages such as these she offered up in her grilling, these I added to my special book:

"Mean people suck but you can ignore or laugh at their ignorance and that irreverence, in the right context, is the only way to roll."

"Life is terminal not serious."

"This kind of love is so precious it should be bottled and given to every soul on the planet…all problems would simply disappear. That is the power of this love."

That's just a smidgen of the sage sentiments from Grilled Grandma: Linda. Read her grilling then visit her blog (a link is at the bottom of her grilling). And if you have a special spot for recording words of wisdom and points to ponder, I urge you to write down a few from Linda ... she has lots to share, lots to spare.

(*Sadly, I've lost touch with that dear friend. You know who you are, and if you're reading this, drop me a line.)

Today's (unrelated in any way) question:

How many unpleasant incidents in one day does it take for you to label it "a bad day"?


If you're scratching your head a bit about today's post title, scratch no more. The reason for the acronym-laden title is because I've been chosen as today's BON on WOW. Translation: I'm today's Blogger of Note, chosen by the lovely Sandy and Pam of Words of Wisdom. I'm pleased to be featured and welcome all you new visitors whom they've directed my way.

Sandy and Pam recommended I offer new folks a few posts as way of introduction, so if you'd like to get a feel for who I am, you may want to read this ... and this ... and this. Those are just a couple examples of what I'm all about. You can learn more by perusing the tabs at the top of this page, such as About (pretty self-explanatory), Grilled Grandmas (where I feature a Q&A with a grandma each week) and the Back Room (where I review stuff and give away even better stuff ... such as the current giveaway of a $100 Visa card!).

Funny thing is, trying to wrap up who I am and what Grandma's Briefs is all about underscores something that's been bopping around in my head for a couple weeks now, something begging to become a post. It's the idea that while Grandma's Briefs is primarily about my experience as a first-time, long-distance grandma to my Bubby -- who lives 819 miles away in the desert while I live in the mountains -- it's not the only thing this site is about.

Just like everyone else, grandmas wear lots of hats ... all at one time. And Grandma's Briefs includes snippets, no briefs, about all of those hats/personas/characteristics/interests. So if you're looking forward to reading posts about me rocking away in my rocker while knitting one and purling two, you'll likely be sorely disappointed. Because yes, I'm a grandma and write about being a grandma, but I'm also a mom to three adult daughters and I write often about that. I'm a wife and I write often about my husband. I have two cats and two dogs and I bitchwrite regularly about them. I'm a writer and I write often about that. I'm a movie lover, a book lover, a music lover and write often about those things. I'm a screwed-up individual (yes, even at my ripe old age) trying to make my mark in the world, just like everyone else, so I scribble often about that.

The point is, you won't read about my grandson or my grandparenting experiences every single day, in every single post. But everything I do and say and write and think and feel is enhanced by my role as a grandma. Just don't ever assume that's all I am, all you'll read about here on Grandma's Briefs.

And if that's okay with you, if you're not looking for words of wisdom from a granny in a rocker, knitting needles in hand and bifocals perched at the end of her nose (although I admit I wear bifocals ... and often perch them on the end of my nose), then Grandma's Briefs just may become a regular stop on your blog-reading route.

I hope so. And I welcome you! Thank you for visiting. And thank you to all my regulars for reading this entire post.

And, especially, thank you to Sandy and Pam for featuring me as today's little bon-bonBlogger of Note!

Today's question: (FYI to first-timers -- I have a question of the day nearly every day as a way for us all to get to know each other a little better.)

Of all the hats you wear, which one has been most prominent of late?

My answer: The last few weeks it's been pretty much the WRITER hat as I work furiously toward publication ... I hope.