I have mentioned more than once that our children are the leaders of the future, it is our job to raise them to the best of our ability, teach them right from wrong, and to believe in themselves and God, if we do this then the torch is passed and we have to sit back and trust them to do the right thing.
Spending time with Tim and Elisa last week we were blessed with their company, and also were allowed a chance to spoil Benjamin to the point that Elisa pondered on how long it would take for her to undo some of the spoiling we gave him, I stated that all the spoiling was allowed under the Grandparents Rights act, she laughed and agreed that she already knew this and actually had no problem with what we were doing.
We had some things that needed worked on around the house and Tim asked about them, I told him that I was waiting for everyone to leave before I decided how I was going to get these things done, Tim smiled and next thing I know he has rolled up his sleeves and began taking care of a few jobs I just couldn’t get done, Cindy’s Dad was watching him and questioned some of his techniques, “How do you know how to fix this” he asked, Tim looked at him and said “Because Jimmy taught me when I was younger”, I was impressed at how professional and confident he looked, and really felt blessed that he gave me credit for teaching him.
We went up to Oak Glen, CA and took the kids to the zoo, coming back we were talking about local history and which stars had lived in the area, we listened to music that I knew well but Elisa didn’t recognize some of the words, we had a good laugh when I had to correct her on what was actually said when Hank Sr. was singing, and she now has a better appreciation for him rather than thinking him a bad guy due to misunderstanding a few words. Stars of our day they didn’t know, TV shows of our day they have not seen, and conversations about these things turned into a history lesson for them, rather than reminiscing about the past as I was trying to do, I remember smiling at my parents when they talked about things from their past when I was younger too.
I watched our youngest child take care of his son and watch lovingly while his wife talked, I watched our youngest child make repairs and talk about the proper way to fix things, I listened to him recollect on how young he was when he started helping me make repairs around the house, I also saw how well his wife handled their baby, and how happy Benjamin is, this shows me that they have a happy home and their plans will someday come true.
I remember both of these kids being very young, it seems like yesterday that they were both playing in our yard never knowing that one day they would be married, these little ones have made me really proud to see that they are up to the challenges that life will throw into their laps, I mentioned that our children are the leaders of the future, well folks I am proud to say The Children Are Here.