Here’s to Being Grandma!

I’m not sure how I would have made it through childhood without my grandma.  She loved me, comforted me, encouraged me, and taught me.  She told me the stories of our family.  She loved God, and she told me why: “Four of my babies went to heaven before they could say ‘Mama.’  I want to see them again.”

I believed everything Grandma said.  Hey, with as much experience as she had, how could she be wrong?

Grandma was a true hillbilly.  She said “we’uns” and “you’uns.”  When she woke us up in the morning, she would say, “Land sakes!  Is you young’uns still a’wallerin in the bedsted?”

I loved my grandma so much.  And now, all of a sudden, I am a grandma!  And I want to be as important in my little granddaughters’ lives as my grandma was in mine.

I want to:

  • Give them unconditional love and acceptance, so they will know I truly believe in them.
  • Model the hope and promise of the future so they can grow up looking excitedly toward what’s still to come.
  • Tell them stories of our family so they will know they belong to something much greater than themselves–a family with a history.
  • Make sure they always know they can depend on me for encouragement and a helping hand when they need it.
  • Help build in each of them a strong foundation of value and purpose and faith.
  • Collect my gathered wisdom, mix it with the wisdom of their other grandparents, and together make our little ones’ lives richer.  They will need it. We certainly did!

“Grandparents and grandchildren have much to tell  each other. One has recently come from the spirit world and the other is on their way.”

~Native American teaching~


About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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