“Grandparents are the footsteps to the future generations.” ~ Author Unknown
The words of this quote have resonated with me so much over the past few days because I realize the accuracy of them. But not only are they the footsteps of the future generations, sometimes they are our glimpse into the past and a voice of reason. For some of us, grandparents are like a compass helping those that come after them find their way because they’ve been there before, so they know. When you have traveled life’s road as long as many of our grandparents have, chances are life has taught you a thing or two and as a result our grandparents are often rich storytellers filled with wisdom that they will readily impart into our lives if we simply ask.
So ask. Because many of them would love to share their stories, their thoughts, the very essence of who they are. Many of them would welcome a reminder that they still matter just as much today as they did “way back when.” In celebration of Grandparents Day I wanted to share some of the advice our grandparents have given us when it comes to love. Whether they are single or have been married for 50 years, it is likely they know a thing or two when it comes to love. So, I asked some friends, readers and colleagues to share love lessons they have learned from their own grandparents. Here’s what they shared:
1. You’ll make it through.
“‘You will make it through this.’ My grandmother said this to me after witnessing a telephone argument between my husband and me. After 62 years of marriage, she’s my trusted source of love advice.”
~ Elizabeth Bradt of Rocks, No Salt Mommy
2. See what’s out there.
“…my Bubby says ‘Date a lot of guys before making a commitment.’ Short and to the point!”
~ Dana Kimmelman, Babble Intern
3. Don’t worry about nonbelievers.
“The best love advice my Grammy gave wasn’t something she told to me, but to my mother. She told her if she was happy if they were happy to “support and love one another whether anyone else believes in what you have or not.” Sometimes people won’t believe in your love, they’ll think you are too young, or you and the person you are dating are too different, they may judge because one of you is a single parent or divorced or because one person doesn’t make as much money as the other person. But none of that even matters. What matters is that you believe in what you have.”
~ Krishann, Babble Blogger
May today be a day in which we reflect on the lessons our grandparents have taught us and more importantly be reminded of the gift they are to our world to us. Call them, visit them, and express your gratitude. They helped pave the way for us. They have been our footsteps and for many of us a source of unconditional love, comfort and our happy place.
Happy Grandparents Day to all of the grandmothers and grandfathers who not only share their stories with us but also their hearts!
What are some love lessons your grandparents have taught you?
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