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Do you tell family you LOVE them?

Friday, October 18, 2013

My grandkids are my motivation to keep on keeping on!

Last weekend I had three of our six grandkids for most of the weekend.
I need time with my grandbabes, there is healing in spending time with them. They are my legacy.

Families are changing today - technology has replaced interpersonal interactions. Research shows that newer generations are not traditional in visiting family as back in my day... every Sunday was Church and grandma's house for Sunday dinner. I never expected to see my kids and grandkids every Sunday, but once a month would be nice! My husband and I fostered the precious relationship between our kids and their grandparents - this is not so today - not just in my family, but across the world. Technology (twitter, FB, skype,ect..) have replaced face to face interaction and expression.
A few years ago while earning my degree in Sociology - we were challenged to do an exercise with our family members to see how one person makes a difference.
I came up with the idea of expressing "I Love you" at the end of phone conversations - families do not tell each other they love them enough or at all. This was 8 years ago, today when I talk with any one in my family - the phone call always ends in "I love you".
It is not something that is just said, it is felt, as I love my family and I support them and encourage them in who they are and how they want to live.
Losing my dad two months ago, there was much love surrounding him as he passed and there was much love expressed at his funeral.

Missing my dad - working through the grief... I love you daddy!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FITFRIT 10/20/2013 11:53PM

    I tell each of my children I love them every day when they leave the house, before they go to bed...ALL the time. In the past several months my husband lost a cousin to cancer, I lost a cousin; 43, he just didn't wake up, and my dad died last week. Life is TOO short

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GEMLADYONE 10/18/2013 10:05PM

    You are so right! It's so important to take the time to tell and show them the love....we get so busy sometimes it's easy to take for granted!

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WENDYJM4 10/18/2013 5:38PM

    great blog Jean and a good reminder. I agree about the grandchildren, they are special people emoticon

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TURTLETALK 10/18/2013 4:21PM

    Nothing is greater than spending time with the Grandkids!

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CBEVNOW 10/18/2013 2:00PM

    Good post Jean. Yes I do tell my family I love them and they also tell me the same.
I also miss my Mom and dad very much. I have there pictures setting so as I walk by them I say love you, or what are you doing today, etc. .

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FIT4MEIN2013 10/18/2013 1:24PM

    I don't remember ever leaving family or hanging up without "I love you"s being said. Even as a child, every conversation and every visit ended that way. My husband and kids say it to each other several times daily and I see my daughters doing it with their families. emoticon

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MENHIR 10/18/2013 10:51AM

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